BA 208 : Introduction to Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Surveys the role of the nonprofit and voluntary organizations in American society including the history, theory and challenges of the third sector. Includes the Students4Giving service learning project where students serve as philanthropists to their local community.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

  • Apply their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and its interrelationships with government and business to frame their perspectives on social issues.
  • Respond appropriately to basic legal, governing and ethical issues faced by nonprofit organizations.
  • Critically evaluate factors impacting the efficiency and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations around them.
  • Appreciate the diversity of social issues served by the nonprofit community.
  • Participate in civil society using various tools including philanthropy, volunteer service or nonprofit employment.
  • Respond appropriately to issues and potential conflicts involving international work performed by American nonprofits.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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