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UI Business School Offers Course on Nonprofit Management

Business school can be profitable for people interested in working for charitable and nonprofit organizations, according to two faculty members at the University of Iowa who are teaching a course during spring semester 2000 on managing such organizations.

Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, professor of law at the UI, and president emeritus of both the UI and the Field Museum in Chicago, and Jack B. Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Hall Perrine Foundation of Cedar Rapids, are co-teaching "Perspectives in Nonprofit Management."

The graduate-level course, offered this spring through the UI Tippie School of Management, will meet Mondays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting Jan. 24 in the Pappajohn Business Building.

The course is one of a growing number at universities and colleges in the United States designed to hone the management, financial, and marketing skills of people who work and volunteer for nonprofit organizations and agencies. It can be beneficial not only for those who work in the field, but also for volunteers and board members associated with nonprofit groups.

"We need people with good management skills to lead organizations in the nonprofit area just as we need people with good management skills to lead organizations in the for-profit area," Boyd said. "This class is a good opportunity for anyone to learn about the concepts, issues and management of a nonprofit organization."

The course is designed as a broad-based introduction to issues involving nonprofit organizations, covering topics such as the role, nature and history of nonprofits; missions and constituencies; management; fundraising; finances; marketing and public relations; and others. The class project is to develop a strategic plan for an actual or a mock non-profit organization, depending on the student's preference.

Evans, who was named president of the Hall Perrine Foundation in 1995 after a 23-year career in securities and investments, says the role of nonprofit organizations has taken on new emphasis as government spending on social services has tapered off.

"It has become increasingly important for nonprofits to manage their affairs and their finances more efficiently," Evans explained. "We're trying to bring some of the for-profit management techniques to the nonprofit sector."

For more information about the class, contact Jeff Emrich at the Tippie School of Management, (319) 335-1039.

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