Philanthropic Leadership (Master's)
From budget planning to legal issues, useful technology to ethics, the practical guidance provided in the Philanthropic Leadership program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead dynamic organizations.
Develop strategies to strengthen and enhance an organization’s reputation and donor support while building vital communications through strong and lasting leadership. In this program, you will gain insight to building community support and establishing philanthropic organizational excellence. You’ll learn:
- Fundraising strategies
- Budget planning and fiscal responsibility
- Practices of philanthropy
- How to gain and maintain donor support
MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Philanthropic Leadership requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ORL 4500 - Leadership Development
- ORL 4510 - Building the 21st Century Organization
- ORL 4520 - Principles of Financing for Organizations
- ORL 4905 - Graduate Social Research Methods
- ORL 4901 - Capstone Project
- ORL 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ORL 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- ORL 4600 - Philanthropy Roles and Practices
- ORL 4610 - Cultivating and Sustaining Donor Relations
- ORL 4615 - Principles of Finance for Fundraising
- ORL 4620 - Principles of Strategic Fundraising
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Leadership and Organizations programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Leadership and Organizations programs include:
- ORL 4110 - Fundamentals of Organizational Development
- ORL 4115 - Organizational Culture and Organizational Development Impacts
- ORL 4120 - Team Interventions
- ORL 4125 - Evaluate and Sustain Change
- ORL 4640 - Research and Writing for Fundraising
- ORL 4650 - Advanced Board Development
- ORL 4980 - Internship
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Careers in Philanthropic Leadership
Development Director, Director of Philanthropy, Donation Specialist, Endowment Officer, Event Coordinator, Executive Director, Fundraising Coordinator, Grant Writer, Marketing Coordinator, Major Gifts Officer, Non-Profit Director, Philanthropy Officer, President
Administering education, outreach and service programs; advocating for policies and programs; developing operating and program budgets; maintaining contact and donor databases; managing employees and volunteers; negotiating contracts; participating in strategic planning and development processes; planning promotional, fundraising, and other special events; securing financial support
A recent report entitled The Philanthropy Outlook projects that charitable giving will grow by 4.9% in the US in 2016. That coming influx will help community service agencies around the country to create new positions, 22% of which will occur in their Finance, Administration, and Operations divisions, suggests the 2015 Non-profit Employment Trends Survey. These new philanthropic leaders will leverage an array of skills, including fundraising, strategic planning, and program management, in order to help prosper their organizations for the future and support the ultimate goal of all great non-profits: to help others.
Careers In Leadership and Organizations
Raising the bar.
Whether you're raising money or developing fundraisers for the arts, education, or another worthwhile cause, quality fundraisers are in short supply, according to Philanthropy.com. A National Study of Challenges Facing Non-profit Fundraising has found a significant lack of qualified development directors, and several non-profits seek candidates to successfully fill these positions in addition to positions requirement basic fundraising skills. Take note of the rise in online fundraising success, particularly with social media revolutionizing the way we interact. Brush up on email outreach skills, social media savvy, and internet marketing knowledge.
Lean, green, and keen!
As companies look for improving efficiency and technology processes during hard economic times, directors, analysts, and managers are expected to think lean and be innovative in the workplace. There is a growing need for resourceful project managers in financial, technology, and legal sectors, as well as in energy and healthcare. Bonus! Project managers enjoyed earning more during the recession compared to the past two years, according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey. Independent consultants are also in high in demand, as companies try to save money by hiring one-off consultants for large-scale projects in need of management. Going green with virtual meetings and teams will easily play into this need for independent consultants.
Where are they now?
Graduates have job titles that include Chief Sales Officer, Advisory Project Manager, Branch Manager, Professional Sales Representative, Director of HR, Independent Consultant, Vice President, Director of Communications, Human Resources Associate, and Director of Development for companies or organizations such as Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, Home State Bank, Info Solutions Company, PMSI, and independent small businesses.
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