PA591 Planning Nonprofit/Commun Serv's

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PA 591 Planning Nonprofit/Commun Servs


F2P 2012 DL


McDonald, Ellen


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Masters in International Administration
Bachelor of Arts

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The required text for this course is:

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations, Michael Allison and Jude Kaye. 1997.  ISBN 0-471-17832-2 pbk.

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Course Description:
PA 591 Planning Nonprofit/Community Services: A description of community needs and problems along with a survey of methods for assessing community needs, defining the type, quantity and quality of services desired by prospective clients and funding sources, analyzing existing services and resources, and assessing external factors (e.g., legal, political, economic and social) which may affect prospects for the proposed services. Goals and objectives emerging from the planning process are viewed as the foundation for program management and accountability.

Educational Philosophy:

I see each person as unique, with special gifts and special challenges. I try to treat each person individually.

At the same time, I greatly value community. I think that we find the meaning of our lives in communities of different kinds, e.g., families, neighborhoods, close social associations, school, work, religious groups, voluntary groups, and the civic areas in which we live.

Learning is fundamental and vital human activity. It, too, has a lot to do with bringing meaning to our lives. Learning is a crucial part of our personal and professional development.

Put these elements together and you have an idea of what I try to facilitate in our online exchanges.

I will do my best to be fair and always respectful but don’t be surprised if I might challenge you to broaden your experience or reach for a higher level. You are in graduate school and my expectations are that you will be doing graduate level work.

In our time together, in this case a series of mini-semesters, we will form a temporary but special learning community. I will do what I can to enhance your learning, while I continue my own learning through our mutual exchanges. It is continuously amazing, how in an online community we can learn and share some things, or more things, than we are likely to do in a similar face to face classroom situation.

My expectations for you are that you will, by the end of your MPA program at Park, be the kind of person that I would be willing and excited to hire in a professional business setting. If you were coming to a nonprofit agency where I was the chairman of the board or the executive director, as I have been both on more than one occasion, then I would be happy to have you as a volunteer, as a fellow board member, or as a vital addition to our staff, a consultant….or perhaps even as my successor!

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. • Demonstrate understanding of strategic planning as a critical tool for organizational effectiveness and accountability in nonprofit/community organizations.
  2. • Demonstrate an understanding of planning language, processes, ket steps, and representative planning documents.
  3. • Analyze planning documents to determine their relevance and how they could be improved.
  4. • Demonstrate understanding of the key factors for success (or failure) of a planning effort.
  5. • Demonstrate understanding of the distinctions between and interrelationships among strategic and other common planning processes (operational, business, funding, etc.).
  6. • Use a variety of tools and techniques to manage group processes in the development of a plan.
  7. • Participate in a strategic planning process and produce a written document which demonstrates an understanding of and mastery of the planning process.
Class Assessment:
  • Students are expected to spend a substantial amount of time online and offline per week including, but not limited to, readings, threaded discussions, sending or receiving email, reading and viewing online presentations and conducting research on the web.
  • All students are expected to log in to threaded discussions on at least three days per week and to make an average of two thoughtful and concise postings per visit. This is a minimum requirement.
  • Students are expected to complete several short writing assignments.
  • In lieu of a final exam, students will complete a research paper on a topic of your choice, to allow you to apply your studies in a meaningful way. The schedule for this paper is as follows:
    • Week 2--Expectations will be discussed and clarified
    • Week 3--Topic is to be selected
    • Week 5--Outline is due
    • Week 6--Research is conducted.
    • Week 7--Paper is due. Note requirements and penalty for late submission of work.
    • Summaries will be posted for discussion.

The paper is to be 5 -10 double-spaced pages, with appropriate footnotes and bibliography. Papers may be longer than 10 pages, with approval of the instructor.


Grading Criteria:

  • Participation in classroom/online discussions:  50% (This includes demonstrated understanding of the assigned readings and their relationship to local issues/situations.  Input that demonstrates critical thinking versus restating the materials is expected.)
  • Completion of activities (listed in Presentation weekly), due by Sunday midnight, each week: 10%
  • Completion of quizzes by Sunday midnight, each week:  20%
  • Research project due by midnight Wednesday of Week 7:  20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submission of Late Work:  Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week (Midnight Sunday, unless otherwise indicated).  No credit will be given for work turned in after the week, unless you have contacted the instructor beforehand and have explained any special circumstances.  Deadlines not met during the assigned week will mean your grade may be lowered one letter grade for each day late.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .




Barry, B.W. Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations (Revised Edition). St. Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Fndn.. 1997.

Bryson, J.M. Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement, 3rd Ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2004.

Cooperrider, David L., Diana Whitney, Jacqueline M. Stavros. Appreciative Inquiry Handbook. Bedford Heights, OH: Lakeshore Communications, Inc. 2003.

Drucker, Peter F. The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool (Revised Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1999.

Stern, Gary J. The Drucker Foundation Self-Assessment Tool Process Guide (Revised Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1999.

Weisbord, Marvin R. Discovering Common Ground. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 1992.

Whitney, David and Amanda Trosten-Bloom. The Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 2003.


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