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Release: Jan. 6, 2000
UI business school offers course on nonprofit management
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- 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
For more information about the class, contact Jeff Emrich at the Tippie
School of Management, (319) 335-1039.