nonprofit Administration

There are some 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. today, including 30,000 in New York City. The Nonprofit Management specialization will help you think like a nonprofit leader, focusing on fundraising, decision-making, emergency preparedness, and ethics and philanthropy. This track prepares students for roles as nonprofit board members, managers, executive directors, or chief financial officers.

This specialization requires the completion of two required courses—PAF 9151 and PAF 9153—and two additional courses from the list below (click on the individual class link for a full description):

PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies [REQUIRED]
3 hours; 3 credits
Study of management techniques and strategies applicable in nonprofit agencies. Topics include agency interaction with governmental and political institutions, planning and control systems, the role of the governing board, and the role of the executive director. Special attention is paid to the needs of community service/social welfare and cultural/arts organizations.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9153: Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits [REQUIRED]
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is for students whose career path is the nonprofit world and aspire to hold senior level positions in nonprofits. The course provides the tools for budgeting in a nonprofit, and the tools of financial analysis and managerial control as is currently practiced in nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisite: PAF 9140 or permission of instructor
PAF 9109 Government Contracting
3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and practices of government contracting and analysis of the major types of government contracts. Administration and management problems of the government procurement function are identified and analyzed. Major policy questions, including societal implications of large-scale government contracting, are explored.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making
3 hours; 3 credits
This course concerns the relationship of ethics and public service. Those in public service face a broad array of ethical problems and dilemmas ranging from simple matters of public trust through the application of ethical reasoning in policymaking. The course examines the limits of self-interest in public service, the differing ethical concerns of elective and appointive officials, the conflict between responsibility to hierarchical authority and personal conceptions of the right, bureaucratic responsibility for the ethical content of public policies, and the possibility of necessary evil. A significant portion of this course focuses on ethical theories that may help resolve these dilemmas.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9126 Human Services Administration (formerly PAF 9171)
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of management approaches and perspectives relevant to client-centered, public and nonprofit organizations (e.g., social services, health care services, employment and training programs, corrections). Special attention is given to administrative structures, institutional perspectives, needs assessment, program management, and the integration of human services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9138 Urban Services Delivery
3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and problems in the design and evaluation of urban service delivery. Service areas covered include fire services, police services, health care and social services, waste disposal services, and justice system services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9139 Communication Strategy
3 hours; 3 credits
In this class, students learn to design communication campaigns that will change or modify key behaviors; promote a cause, service, or program; or enhance the brand and fundraising capacity of an organization. Course topics will cover areas such as fear appeals, message fatigue, working with diverse audiences, and online and social media advocacy. Students will develop message strategies using techniques drawn from social marketing, persuasion, and political communication.
Prerequisite: PAF 9103
PAF 9141 Community Development: History, Present, and Future
3 hours; 3 credits
Community development is an approach to addressing poverty and its related social problems, such as poor-quality housing, unemployment, lack of education, and crime. Students will examine the complex economic, political, and social context that gave rise to the idea of community development, and then follow the successes and challenges in the field over its nearly fifty-year history.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9142 Housing Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The course serves as a gateway to the field of housing and community development, giving students the background necessary to become informed participants in policy analysis and debates about the future of housing policy. Topics to be covered include: housing markets and policies; the evolution of federal, state, and local housing programs, with emphasis on low-income rental housing; as well as several longstanding and thorny housing policy topics.
Prerequisite: none

PAF 9143 Greening and Growing Cities: Sustainability and Public Policy Choices
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on the theory and practice of urban sustainability policies and programs. It addresses public policies as they helped shape the growth and uses of urban land within 20th and 21st century cities in the United States, within context of supporting or contesting long-term sustainable practices. The concentration will be on the historical evolution of land uses in New York as they affect the overall sustainability of its communities and economy.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9150 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
3 hours; 3 credits
Historical and contemporary perspectives on nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector in the United States. The course will emphasize the size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit sector as they have evolved, with particular emphasis on relations with the public and business sectors and current issues affecting the environment in which nonprofit organizations operate.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9152 Fund Raising and Grants Administration in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the strategies and techniques for acquiring voluntary and governmental support for local nonprofit agencies. The course focuses on the role that fund raising plays in the economics of the nonprofit organization and its relationship with government agencies, foundations, and other donor/granting institutions.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9156 Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
3 hours; 3 credits
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to policy, planning and management of human services issues that arise in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies that have broad effects on people, property, and communities. The course includes the role of both government and nonprofit organizations in responding to disasters and in providing services for relief and recovery. The course also addresses issues of readiness and planning by public and community organizations. Recent and historical events provide examples for students to examine and compare.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9157 Introduction to Philanthropy
3 hours; 3 credits
This course considers the complex system of private giving that supports civil society, examining the ways in which private funds are given and the vehicles through which they are administered. It emphasizes the philanthropic motivations, strategic frameworks, and practices of individuals and institutions in the U.S. and other regions, as well as the public impact of these private activities. It also examines the current legal and regulatory framework within which philanthropy operates and emerging controversies about philanthropic institutions and activities.
Prerequisite: PAF 9120 or PAF 9150 or PAF 9151
PAF 9158 Religion, Nonprofits, Politics, and Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
Religious bodies are the largest component of the nonprofit sector in terms of numbers of organizations, giving, and volunteering, providing essential education, health, and human services. This course offers an overview of the role of religion in American public life, focusing its relationship to government, engagement in politics and policy, and provision of services.
Prerequisites: none
PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II
3 hours; 3 credits
Managing public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The course addresses concepts, strategies, and techniques for effectively planning, organizing, directing, and controlling agencies, programs, and projects. The objective of the course is to prepare students for practical managerial assignments in government and in the nonprofit sector.
Prerequisites: PAF 9120, PAF 9302, or PAF 9310
PAF 9174 Program Evaluation
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the process and techniques of program evaluation and the assessment of effectiveness of public sector policies. Various performance assessment criteria, problems of evaluation research, and the politics of program evaluation are reviewed.
Prerequisite: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172
PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
3 hours; 3 credits
Public-sector managers at all levels respond to demands generated from beyond the borders of their own jurisdiction. This course focuses on international variations in public administration through a comparative analysis of the political and cultural environments that configure the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9183 International Nonprofit Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
This course examines the international dimension of the nonprofit world. It focuses on those nonprofit organizations that work across borders because: 1) they seek to influence global issues such as economic justice, human rights or the environment; 2) they deliver aid or capacity building programs in developing countries; or 3) they are the secretariat or headquarters of an international network of organizations. The course will explore international and cross-cultural management issues, relationships with national governments and supranational entities, and international advocacy strategies.
Prerequisites or Co-requisite: PAF9120, or PAF 9150, or permission of instructor.
PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on major areas in nonprofit management. Topics vary from offering to offering.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Grad 8 status or permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions
PAF 9710 Health and Health Care
3 hours; 3 credits
Health care managers and policy makers seek to maximize the promise and minimize the problems associated with improving health and providing health services to all Americans. This involves understanding the determinants of population and individual health, the organizational structure and financing of the health care system, the public policy making process, and approaches to improved quality, performance and accountability.
Prerequisite: none
MGT 9969 Social Entrepreneurship: Concepts and Cases
3 hours; 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is the application of the tools, techniques, and skills of entrepreneurship to the achievement of a social mission (e.g., providing affordable housing to low-income households, feeding the hungry, making a college education accessible to disadvantaged youth, etc.). The course will explore the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the field, its practice, and the ways in which its impacts are assessed. Case studies will be used extensively to illustrate principles and stimulate discussion.
Prerequisite: MGT 9960 (formerly MGT 9860) or departmental permission