Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Fundraising in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
Instructor(s): David Eaton
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62470
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.360
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Objectives Of The Course: This is a course on the use of grantsmanship and direct fundraising skills. Each student will develop a complete grant proposal in a topic area of personal interest. The course addresses legal techniques (other than taxes) for raising resources for not-for-profit or governmental activities: grants, contracts, direct fundraising, swaps, gifts, deferred giving, etc. The class will include participation of persons from diverse public sector institutions involved in the process of raising and managing funds.

Topics include: presentation of self and organizations, project development, the proposal process, project assessment, and project financial management. Additional subjects include: diversity of information of grant sources, planned giving, capital campaigns, political fundraising, benefit events, annual giving, strategic fundraising plans, as well as processes for raising and spending money through philanthropy.

The course is directed at two client groups: working professionals and graduate students. Employees of local/state governments, non-profit organizations, or political parties can benefit from the course by developing skills directly applicable to their future jobs. Students with dissertation or thesis research ideas can use the course to prepare funding requests. As this is a graduate level course, it is expected that a person who enrolls either will have completed an undergraduate degree or will have practical experience which is equivalent to an under graduate degree.

Textbook: Required reading
One reading will be required for each student to purchase. It is: Norton J. Kiritz, Program Planning and Proposal Writing, The Grantsmanship Center, Los Angeles, California, 90017.

(1) Class Assignments - 10 percent
(2) Class Participation - 10 percent
(3) Presentation of proposal in class - 10 percent
(4) Final written proposal - 70 percent

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