LEAD 330: Leadership and Nonprofit Management

Course in Leadership and Communication
Course Description:

In this course, students are immersed in research that profiles America’s vast and varied, large and growing “independent sector.” Students explore what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to leadership and innovation in the non-governmental, not-for-profit sector. Counting only the about 1.4 million nonprofit organizations that are registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, America’s charities, churches, private colleges, hospitals, and others nonprofit organizations have more $2 trillion a year in annual revenues, more than $5 trillion in total assets, and more than 14 million full-time employees. The focus case for the course is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected nonprofit organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Participants in this course are introduced to an evidence-based approach to practicing nonprofit management as creating public value through boundary-spanning leadership.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2021 Term Offered:
Fall 2 (accelerated): Oct 28 – Dec 21, 2021
2022 Term Offered:
Spring 2 (accelerated): Mar 14 – May 10, 2022
Synchronous Session:
No Weekly synchronous session required

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Executive Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program

Joseph P. Tierney is the Principal Investigator of the landmark evaluation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, "Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America." During his years as Vice President of Public/Private Ventures, he was instrumental in developing… Read more

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