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Non-Credit Programs

Course Descriptions

To become certified, students must take the eight required courses.
Register for these classes through the LSUS Division of Continuing Education.

Nonprofit Marketing and Communications  (NPA 001)

This course examines nonprofit marketing and communications in integrating application for improving and organization's visibility and growth in the community.
TEXTBOOK: Leroux Miller, Kivi. The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.  ISBN: 978047053965


Fundraising and Development (NPA 002)
This course examines fundraising tactics that are used in the nonprofit sector.
TEXTBOOK: Sargeant, Adrian. Fundraising Principles and Practices. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.  ISBN: 9780470450390

Nonprofit Leadership and Legal Issues (NPA 003)
This course examines various topics related to leadership, ethics, and legal issues in the nonprofit sector .
TEXTBOOK: Herman. Robert. The Josey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Mangement. 2nd Ed. Wiley, 2005. ISBN: 978087969950

Board of Directors & Volunteer Management (NPA 004)
This course 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. The course will also establish how to manage volunteers within a nonprofit.
TEXTBOOK: Board Source. The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance. Jossey-Bass, 2010.  ISBN: 9780470457634

Program Development and Sustainability (NPA 005)
This module will explain the relationship between grant writing and program funding. The course will examine efficient research and writing skills for proposal criteria based on expectations of grant funders.
TEXTBOOK: Howlett,Susan & Bourque, Renee. Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals. 5th edition. Word & Raby Publishing ISBN: 9780984277285

Nonprofit Collaboration Strategies (NPA 006)
This course explores the benefits of strategic relationships with organizations and businesses to effectively meet  community needs.

 TEXTBOOK: Austin, James E. The Collaboration Challenge: How Nonprofits and Businesses Succeed Through Strategic Alliance. Josey-Bass, 2000.  ISBN: 9781845691318


Cultural Diversity (NPA 007)
This course will examine cultural diversity within the nonprofit sector.
TEXTBOOK: No textbook is required for this course.

Financial Budgeting (NPA 008)
This module reviews practices and procedures of responsible money management ordinarily found in well-administered organizations
TEXTBOOK: McMillian, Edward J. Not-For-Profit Budgeting and Financial Management. 4th ed. Wiley, 2010.  ISBN:9780470575413




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