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PA 593 Financing Nonprofit/Community Services
Mulligan, Amy

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


PA 593 Financing Nonprofit/Community Services


F2P 2006 DL


Mulligan, Amy


Adjunct Faculty


M.I.H.E. Masters of Integrated Humanities and Education
M.S.A. Nonprofit Management
B.A. English

Office Location


Office Hours

Weekday evenings


Semester Dates

October 23-December 17

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Securing Your Organization's Future by Michael Seltzer (Revised and Expanded Edition)
Foundation Center:  New York, 2001
ISBN:  0-87954-900-9

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Course Description:
An examination of alternative funding sources for community and non- profit services, and the optimal mix of funding sources for a given service and clientele. A variety of fundraising methods are reviewed, as well as organizational characteristics and capabilities which contribute to successful fund-raising. Attention is given to non-monetary resources such as in-kind contributions of goods and services, and cooperative ventures. 2 cr.

Class Assessment:

Final Paper


  • Students will be evaluated using the following methods:
    1.  Assignments (3 x 10 points= 30 points)
    2.  Weekly Discussion/Participation (7 weeks x 10 points=70 points)
    3.  Final Project
              Drafts (30 points)
              Final Draft (70 points)
  • Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Submission of Late Work: Each week's work is to be completed by the end of that week (defined as 11:59 p.m. Sunday unless otherwise specified).  Work not completed in a timely way must still be completed and will be marked a full grade lower for each one-day period it is late unless previously discussed with instructor

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    Week One:
    1.  Read assigned readings.
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions. 10 POINTS
    3.  Complete an Assessment Questionnaire (see "Homework" in Week One for more information).
    4.  Create a (free) log-in and password at and  
    5.  Look up 3 nonprofit organizations on Charity Navigator and idenitify one that you will explore further and contact throughout the term (see assignments for Weeks 2-8 below).

    Week Two:
    1.  Read assigned readings. 
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions.  10 POINTS
    Identify which organization you will work with throughout the semester (hereafter called "your" organization). Look at their website. Look up their 990 form on or Write a 2-3 page paper about the organization, including information about their mission, programs and finances.  (See "Homework" in Week 2 for specific guidelines).  10 POINTS
    4.  Once you choose "your" organization, be prepared to contact them to discuss their programs and fundraising methods (See "Homework" in Weeks 2 and 3 for specific guidelines; assignment due by the end of Week 3).

    Week Three:
    1.  Read assigned readings.
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions.  10 POINTS
    3.  Contact "your" organization if you have not already done so.  Write a paper based on your interview with "your" organization.  (See "Homework" in Weeks 2 and 3 for specific guidelines.) 10 POINTS
    4.  Look ahead to Weeks 4, 5 and 6 for future assignments.

    Week Four:
    1.  Read assigned readings.
    Answer posted threaded discussion questions.  10 POINTS
    3.  Click on
    Proposal Writing Short Course from the Foundation Center.  Review this Short Course and prepare to use it for the remainder of the term to complete a write a grant proposal for "your" organization.

    Week Five:

    1.  Read assigned readings.
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions. 10 POINTS

    Week Six:
    1.  Read assigned readings.
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions.  10 POINTS
    Write a draft case statement/executive summary and a statement of need for "your" organization using the Foundation Center Short Course (See "Homework" in Weeks 3-6 for specific guidelines). 10 POINTS
    Write a draft of "your" Organization's Project Description using Foundation Center Short Course (See "Homework" in Weeks 3-6 for specific guidelines). 10 POINTS
    5.  Using the Foundation Center's
    Prospect Worksheet, identify at least one foundation from the Foundation Center's by clicking on their Foundation Finder who might fund "your" organization to whom you could apply for funding (See "Homework" in Weeks 3-6 for specific guidelines). 10 POINTS

    Week Seven:
    1.  Read assigned readings.
    2.  Answer posted threaded discussion questions.  10 POINTS
    3.  Write a draft of "your" organization's project Budget using the Foundation Center Short Course (See "Homework" in Week 7 for specific guidelines).  10 POINTS

    Week Eight:
    Write a final draft of "your" organization's grant proposal, including a conclusion (See "Final Project" in Course Home for specific guidelines).  70 POINTS

    Academic Honesty:
    Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


    Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

    Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

    Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

    Attendance Policy:

    Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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