ORG3500 Program Evaluation for Non-Profit Organizations

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Melinda Whitman

Course Description:

While many nonprofit organizations may have a laudable purpose, not all organizations demonstrate efficiency in reducing operating costs. In this course, students will identify the ways in which a nonprofit organization can improve its visibility and contributions to the community while reducing administrative costs, thereby increasing the way it provides for its constituents. This course will touch on the value of grant writing and evaluation planning, as well as the importance of aligning the organizations operations with its mission statement.

How This Course Benefits Students:

How does a nonprofit organization know if it is meeting its goals and operating in accordance with its mission statement? Is the organization being a good steward of the assets given to it? These are the questions students will address in this course. Students will evaluate the programs operated by nonprofit organizations to see if they satisfy the stated objectives of the organization.

Why This Course Is Important:

Government programs that aid those in need are often unwieldy and financially inefficient. Many nonprofit organizations start out with certain objectives but then stray from their initial focus and values. In this course, students will analyze nonprofit programming to assess whether the programs are consistent with an organizations mission statement and objectives.