An overview of the nonprofit sector and the role mission plays in philanthropy and volunteerism in American Society. Emphasis is placed upon the study of various roles and diversity of fields in the nonprofit sector, including but not limited to religion, arts and culture, education, health, environment, youth and human services. The course will provide an examination of the social history of nonprofit organizations in the United States, to develop an historical perspective and a sense of magnitude, scope, and functions of the nonprofit sector and its relationships with business and government. Study focuses on ethical, moral, and practical issues in nonprofit leadership, the trust the third sector holds in relationship to other social sectors and the sector’s responsibility to serve the common good.