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UI Nonprofit Courses Not Just for Experienced Organizers

Professionals working in nonprofit organizations, as well as those aspiring to such work, will benefit from two University of Iowa credit courses scheduled to be offered in the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters.

The fall course, Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I, begins Aug. 27 and will be offered at eight sites around the state via the interactive Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

University of Iowa President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd, one of the founders of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, is one of four UI faculty and staff who will teach the courses. The offerings are sponsored by the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center and the Center for Credit Programs.

Fundamental considerations such as mission statements, legal and tax issues, budgeting and accounting, fundraising, government regulations, leadership and teambuilding will be covered. Some areas of emphasis will be marketing, public relations, public advocacy and the interplay of these factors. The importance of cooperation among the nonprofit organization and community groups, government entities and professional associations will also be discussed.

Course topics apply to nonprofit work in a variety of areas. The course may be taken for three semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through any one of these academic departments: business, library and information science, museum studies, music, health and sport studies, religion, social work, theater arts, law, nursing, and health management and policy.

Boyd's co-instructors are Jude West, professor emeritus in Management and Organizations and co-director of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center; Jack Evans, Management and Organizations adjunct lecturer and president of the Hall-Perrine Foundation; and Richard Koontz, Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center coordinator, adjunct lecturer in the College of Law and former general counsel for the Field Museum of Chicago. Students will also benefit from the expertise of several guest speakers.

The fall course will meet 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Aug. 27 to Dec. 17. ICN sites are currently scheduled in Calmar, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Emmetsburg, Muscatine and Sioux City.

The follow-up course Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II will also be offered via the ICN in spring 2004. The fall course is not a prerequisite for the follow-up, but material presented complements that covered in the spring.

To register or for more information, phone the Center for Credit Programs toll-free at 1-800-272-6430 or refer to the center's web site at www.uiowa.edu/~ccp.


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