Managing nonprofit organisations and foundations

Foundations, NGOs, voluntary associations, social enterprises and other forms of non-profit organizations have, as a ‘sector’, experienced significant economic and social expansion in recent decades, along with greater policy recognition. They are part of a complex dual transition from industrial to post-industrial society, and from national to transnational policy regimes.

These transitions involve policy dialogues in addressing the future of private institutions serving public purposes: first, nonprofits are increasingly part of new public management and a mixed economy of welfare; second, they are seen as central to civil society approaches, specifically the Neo-Tocquevillian emphasis on the nexus between social capital and participation in voluntary associations for enhancing the social cohesion of diverse societies; third, they are part of a wider governance perspective that sees them as instruments of greater transparency and improved accountability of public institutions generally; and fourth, nonprofits are seen in the context of new social investment models and the movement towards hybridization of organizational forms.

In the context provided by a wider debate about civil society and the nonprofit sector, this course examines the roles and management of nonprofit organizations—including foundations, think tanks, social enterprises and hybrid forms—with a particular emphasis on resourcing, governance and accountability, entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and planning, and stakeholder relations.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.