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Non-Credit Programs

Course Descriptions

To become certified, students must take the five required courses and choose three or more electives.
Register for these classes through the LSUS Division of Continuing Education.

Fundraising (required)
This module looks at philanthropy in America and various forms of fundraising such as donor campaigns, third party fundraising organizations, event planning, corporate giving and planned giving.
TEXTBOOK: Weinstein, Stanley. The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management. 3rd ed. Wiley, 2009.  ISBN: 047037506x
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Nonprofit Marketing
This module focuses on marketing from a customer service viewpoint, integrating practical applications and successful marketing plans for improving an organization's visibility and growth in the community.
TEXTBOOK: Brinckerhoff, Peter C. Mission-Based Marketing. 3rd Ed. Hoboken, Wiley, 2010.  ISBN: 047060218x
Instructor: Stacey Hargis

Social Media & Technology
This module allows students to discover the newest marketing technique known as social media!  Learn how to use this tool to inform the public about your programs and causes, engage in new fundraising techniques in a social media atmosphere, offer video testimonies, disseminate information and much more to a GLOBAL audience.
TEXTBOOK: Qualman, Erik. Socialnomics. 2nd Ed. Wiley, 2012. ISBN: 1118232658
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Strategic Planning (required)
This module provides focused instruction on strategic planning.  The session covers topics such as the natural resistance to strategic planning and organizational change as well as practical knowledge for instituting and enhancing an organization's strategic planning.  
TEXTBOOK: Nolan, Timothy N. Applied Strategic Planning: An Introduction. 2nded. Pfeiffer, 2008.  ISBN: 0787988529
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Board of Directors
This module is a brief overview of the responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors including officer responsibilities, and an examination of the relationships between professional staff and board members. 
TEXTBOOK: Houle, Cyril O. Governing Boards. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.  ISBN: 0787909165
Instructor: Stacey Hargis

Leadership & Ethics
This module looks at the research and theory of organizational leadership specifically applied to nonprofit organizations.  Practical knowledge and skills are emphasized throughout this module.
TEXTBOOK: Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th Ed. Sage Publications, Inc., 2015.  ISBN:1483317536
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Introduction to Grant Writing (required)
This module introduces the participants to the fundamentals of grantwriting including the location of funding sources on the Internet, the importance of developing an outline from the request for proposal, and key budgetary considerations.
TEXTBOOK: Gitlin, Laura N. and Kevin J. Lyons. Successful Grant Writing. 4th Ed. Springer, 2013.  ISBN: 0826100902
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Program Development and Evaluation
This module will explain the relationship between grantwriting and evaluation planning, allow the student to become conversant in the language of program evaluation as it applies to nonprofit organizations and explore the basic model for developing and implementing program evaluations.
TEXTBOOK: No textbook is required for this course.
Instructor: Rachel Taylor

Social Entrepreneurship
This module examines components and characteristics of social entrepreneurship and the fundamental value in the nonprofit sector as it relates to sustainability.
TEXTBOOK: Dees, J. Gregory, Jed Emerson, and Peter Economy. Enterprising Nonprofits: A Toolkit for Social Entrepreneurs. Wiley, 2001.  ISBN: 0471397350
Instructor: Stacey Hargis

Volunteer Management
This module broadly examines all aspects of volunteer management from program design to recruitment, supervision, evaluation and rewards.
TEXTBOOK: McKee, Jonathan R. The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer. The New Edition. Simply Youth Ministry, 2012.  ISBN: 0764486195
Instructor: Tisha Samhan

Nonprofit Legal Issues (required)
This module provides an overview of laws and legal issues that largely affect nonprofit organizations including an understanding of risks that nonprofits face such as political activities, insurance, and taxes.
TEXTBOOK: No textbook is required for this course.
Instructor: Nora Duncan

Advanced Grantwriting
This module enhances the basic understanding of grant writing by examining efficient research and writing skills for proposal criteria based on the knowledge and expectations of grant funders.
TEXTBOOK: No textbook is required for this course.

Nonprofit Collaboration Strategies
This module explores the benefits of strategic relationships with organizations as it relates to increased grant funding and more efficient and effective programming to meet community needs.
TEXTBOOK: Linden, Russell M. Working Across Boundaries: Making Collaboration Work in Government and Nonprofit Organizations. Jossey-Bass, 2002.  ISBN: 0787964301
Instructor: Stacey Hargis

Financial Management (required)
This module reviews practices and procedures of responsible money management ordinarily found in well-administered organizations
TEXTBOOK: McLaughlin, Thomas A. Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers. 3rded. Hoboken: Wiley, 2009.  ISBN:0470414995
Instructor: Tisha Samhan