This course will introduce students to the elements of volunteer management and engage them in a variety of community service opportunities, including interviews and projects. Course objectives include:

  • Examine the foundations, motivations and challenges of developing a successful volunteer program.
  • Study the key components of a successful volunteer program, recruitment strategies and learn how to retain good volunteers.
  • Focus on the role, value and dynamics of volunteerism in fulfilling the missions of nonprofits.
  • Be introduced to risk management factors that need to be considered in volunteer management, including effective staff and volunteer screening.

This course will examine the importance of public policy advocacy for nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and the impact of nonprofit advocacy on society and social change. LSP 360/POL 217 K places a special emphasis on the evolution of government out of the state of nature through a social contract, the evolution of civil society, American Exceptionalism and the American Creed. It also examines social movements, civil disobedience and the tumultuous 1960s. It will review the policy-making process and NPOs’ role(s) in the process. It will analyze the diverse range of strategies—such as research, building coalitions, convening, civil discourse, grassroots mobilization, lobbying, working with media, and use of social media—that are available to NPOs to carry out their mission and promote their advocacy goals.


The course will culminate in a discussion of and project on organizational capacity building to plan, implement, and evaluate a successful advocacy campaign. The course will meet once a week in a small seminar format. Because of the size of the class, students will be expected to not only participate in class discussions but also lead class discussions through the Harkness® Method. Through dialogue and application, students will learn to think critically; identify action issues related to mission; create legislative agendas; form public policy positions; identify stakeholders; and implement advocacy strategies.

Strategic planning is defined as a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it (Bryson, 2004). The external environments or organizations are becoming more complex and increasingly uncertain as a result of various political, social, economic and technological changes. These dynamic environments compel public, private and third sector managers to identify priorities, focus scarce resources on those priorities, craft effective strategies and implement them successfully to ensure survival in the long term. Strategic management provides managers with a future perspective, an external focus, a fundamental problem-solving orientation and a set of practical tools.


The intent of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the approaches and methods used in strategic decision making and of the effective leadership of boards, staff, volunteers and clients in the process. It will acquaint students with the theoretical underpinnings of strategic planning and help them master some strategic planning techniques such as environmental scanning, stakeholder analysis, strategic issue identification and strategy formulation by providing an opportunity to create a strategic plan for a nonprofit agency. The course will also review the various facilitation styles used in organizations.

This course is designed to help students appreciate the roles and responsibilities of boards, how nonprofit boards function and what constitutes effective boards and individual board members. It will incorporate exercises on typical governance problems for students to investigate best practices and solutions to those problems.

Students will study the history of nonprofit boards and how boards of the future will meet new leadership challenges and demands. They will study the increased scrutiny that nonprofit organizations face regarding accountability and transparency by federal and state regulators and the overall governance structure of nonprofit organizations.

This portfolio will be used to document activity for the William Jewell College Nonprofit Leadership Certificate. 

This portfolio will be used to document activity for the William Jewell College Nonprofit Leadership Certificate. 

Nonprofit Leadership Preferred Internship Program including:

1. Overview of process
2. Important internship placement resources
3. Internship paperwork that is used for course credit requirements
4. Current internship opportunities
5. Contact Information