New Approaches to Non-Profit Management for the Canadian Context

This course will prepare you to lead a non-profit organization in Canada. We’ll explore a variety of issues you and your board will face, including the legal foundations, the unique governance and human systems, and the resource requirements of this special entity we call a non-profit.

We will also look at best practices and trends in communications, fund development and risk management. Our starting point will be to explore the key elements that make a successful non-profit.

The course is designed to integrate practical learning into theoretical discussion and is based on the assumption that you are an expert who brings something to the table that all of us can learn from – whether that is experience in the field, or life experience others don’t share.

Coursework will consist of reading, self-reflection, interacting with your peers and instructors, and pursuing a case study of your choice.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - - $855.00 34 Register
Online - TBA $855.00 35 -
Online - TBA $855.00 35 -

Schedule clarification: This course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. Between those times, you work at your own pace within the timelines set by the instructor.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and organizational foundations of a non-profit organization
  • Apply knowledge of the core skills needed to manage a non-profit
  • Access and utilize the resources and tools that support the management of a non-profit
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of best practice in non-profit management
  • Demonstrate a respect for and knowledge of the diversity of and within the sector
  • Contribute to the overall well-being of the non-profit sector in Canada and apply important principles of accountability and stakeholder engagement in your professional lives
  • Communicate a plan for building and/or enhancing your individual careers in the non-profit sector

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all Non-Profit Management courses to receive a full program certificate.

Textbooks and learning materials

Course fees do not include the cost of textbooks and other supplemental materials. 

Required textbook

Broadbent, A. and Omidvar, R. Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success. Toronto, ON: Coach House Books (2011).

Recommended textbook

Seel, K., Murray, V., and Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. The Management of Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations in Canada. Toronto, ON: Lexisnexis Canada (2014, 4th ed.). 

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

English language requirements

To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.

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