Global Social Entrepreneurship
One simple idea can lead to job creation or the establishment of lasting institutions.
Learn how to develop and launch your own social venture in this course, which shows students how social entrepreneurship can be one of the greatest forces for positive change in the world. Through the stories of visionary entrepreneurs, students will examine the crucial elements that lead to the most successful entrepreneurial ventures — from original idea to implementation. You’ll also learn how to make better decisions about where your own organization or venture fits into the global picture and how you can set your work apart from others. These best practices will help elevate your current work or guide implementation of your next great idea.
Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy
While a nonprofit’s strategy determines whether the organization will sink or swim, nonprofit leaders are often unable or unwilling to plan in the short-term to achieve long-lasting social change.
This course will help you develop successful strategies to achieve your organization’s goals and make strides towards meaningful impact. Using real world examples, you will learn how to undertake the basic elements of strategy: defining the problem, identifying stakeholders, designing a theory of change and logic model, and establishing assessment criteria. With this foundation, you will be able to develop strategies to solve real problems and social issues that will ensure long-term impact for your own organizations — rather than just the illusion of results.
Organizational Capacity: Assessment to Action
Backing an organization’s programmatic work through thoughtful assessment of its capacity is a critical step towards making nonprofits stronger and more effective.
In this course, students will analyze their organization’s current capacity and prioritize ways to further impact by identifying common obstacles and ideas for overcoming these challenges. Through a mix of lectures and interviews with real nonprofit leaders, students will design their own capacity building plans —using actual data from survey results — to increase the effectiveness of their organizations. They will also understand how stakeholder buy-in for internal assessments can build organizational capacity. The Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT), developed by McKinsey & Company and Venture Philanthropy Partners, will be used and is required to receive a Statement of Accomplishment.
Financial Modeling for the Social Sector
Social sector leaders must connect their impact work with the right business model to achieve sustainability. With finite resources and limited staffing, organizations that are more focused on immediate needs can find developing a long-term business plan challenging.
This course teaches organizations of all sizes, social entrepreneurs, corporate entrepreneurs and social change leaders how to use financial modeling and creative approaches to market-based funding to scale the impact of their work. This course will help students understand how to think about and calculate the funding requirements for building and maintaining a capacity that allows you to innovate, learn and grow your organization.
Leadership: Ten Rules for Impact and Meaning
Building a better world requires entrepreneurial leadership. However, entrepreneurship is not just about personal profit–it is an approach that can propel long term impact for the greater good.
In this course, you will learn a principled approach to entrepreneurial leadership fueled by Ten Golden Rules for impact and meaning. Through stories and case studies, students will learn to apply the Ten Golden Rules to accelerate organizational success in their own work.
How to Scale Social Impact
Are you worried about your organization’s sustainability? Do you need to take your impact to the next level?
This course will equip you with the knowledge necessary to scale your organization’s impact and reach by setting your programs apart from those of your peers. Through on-the-ground interviews with current nonprofit practitioners in India, Pakistan and Kenya, students will learn how to design and implement effective programs that are far-reaching, replicable and scalable. These theories will help you analyze your organization’s own impact and strategies for improving the success of one of your programs, in addition to how to tackle real life issues faced by the global poor.
Fundraising: How to Connect with Donors
Far too often organizations see donors through the distorted lens of retention rates and giving capacity. When it comes to fundraising, organizations must remember that relationships are a two-way street.
Through this course, students will learn the ins and outs of fundraising communications from a seasoned fundraiser. Based on the instructor’s book, How to Connect with Donors and Double the Money You Raise, the course will show successes and reveal failures that will expose the nuances of effective fundraising practices. Students will then apply the knowledge and stories learned from the class to the practices of their own organizations’ development teams, learning how to make smart decisions regarding their own organization’s funding strategy.