Leading Nonprofits

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Course Number: 
GAFL 549

Course Section



  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective



  • Spring 2021

Course Format

Hybrid (on-campus and online)

On-campus meetings will be modified for spring 2021 in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

Spring 2021 on-campus meetings will be held all day from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM (break for lunch from 1 - 2) on the following Saturdays: January 16, February 20, March 20, and April 24. Class will also meet online weekly on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM. 

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Course Description: 

Leading Nonprofit Organizations is designed for those interested in leading and managing a nonprofit organization. It takes a practitioner's perspective on strategic realities of modern practice. Each section will seek to rapidly orient a new manager to the complexities, strategic issues, & politics. The course is taught through a combination of theory and practice using selected readings, lectures, guest presentations, group activities (Mock senior staff discussions), and field assignments (pairing with area nonprofit leader and attendance at one of the organization's board meetings).

This course has seats reserved for Fels' students and gives priority to grad students. Non-Fels students should contact Mindy Zacharjasz at mindyzac@sas.upenn.edu to request a permit.

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326