Nonprofit Organizations

The nonprofit sector is a crucial and complex sector of our economy and society. This course provides an overview of the state and federal legal framework for nonprofit organizations, with a focus on the state and federal rules governing the formation and operation of nonprofits. Topics will include choice of entity for a nonprofit enterprise, the fiduciary duties of nonprofit directors, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, private inurement and private benefit, nonprofit earned income strategies, including social enterprise, and nonprofit lobbying and political activities.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

To allow students to make practical applications of doctrine, this course will include a skills component in the form of written assignments and oral presentations. Grading will be based on class participation, skills assignments, and a final exam.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Thursday 4:15 - 6:05 pm TNH 3.126
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/4/18 1:30 pm A-Z

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


  • Nonprofit Organizations, Cases and Materials (University Casebook Series) 5th Edition - James Fishman, Stephen Schwartz, Lloyd Mayer
      Foundation Press , edition: 5 edition (July 28, 2015)
      ISBN: 978-1628101959   (required)