The workshop will introduce participants to how private, nonprofit organizations have been essential to the creation and evolution of American society since the colonial days. However, a push to professionalize the leaders and employees of nonprofit sector organizations and an accompanying academic literature on the nonprofit sector did not emerge until the 1970s. It’s a must for nonprofits today to have strong well-qualified leadership that understand and support a purpose-driven mission. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the different types of nonprofit organizations, distinguishing characteristics of a nonprofit, top funding sources for nonprofits, and you’ll be introduced to an overview of nonprofit accounting. Most importantly, you’ll learn why the mission matters the most!
You will learn about the history, scope and impact of organizations that can be classified as nonprofit in the United States, the defining characteristics of this important sector of organizations, the similarities and differences of organizations across the for-profit, public and nonprofit sectors, and the role of the nonprofit organization's mission. Finally, you will take a look at career options in the thriving nonprofit sector and how you can make a living while making a difference.