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Simulation descriptions 1_0

  1. 1. Simulation Description Nonprofit Organizations PAD 5142 Mary Ann FeldheimThis course offers an overview of nonprofit organizations and management. The methodof instruction is to use a simulation, where students act as Board Members of a“fictitious” nonprofit organization that the Board is seeking to establish. Each student isrequired to serve on one Board Committee, to review two articles from peer reviewedjournals on specific areas of nonprofit management, and as a committee member toresearch an area of nonprofit management and to write a detailed report for the Board bythe end of the semester.Included in the course are the following: a history of nonprofit organizations, discussionof the legal framework of the nonprofit sector, board development and ethical leadership,executive leadership and management of ethical issues in the nonprofit sector, resourcedevelopment and management of financial resources, strategic planning, and themanagement of volunteers and employees.Course ObjectivesAt the completion of this course, students will be able to: • Successfully complete a web class; • Discuss the place of nonprofit organizations in American society; • Identify the responsibilities of the Board of Directors; • Describe the legal and ethical framework of nonprofit organizations; • List the legal mandates governing a nonprofit in the state of Florida; • Identify the components of a good mission statement; • Discuss the importance of the mission statement in the strategic planning process; • Read and understand a simple budget; • Describe the responsibilities of the Board in selecting a CEO; • List the legal mandates governing volunteers and paid staff; • Identify ways to market an organization to the community; • Discuss ways to develop and enhance organizational resources. Committee DescriptionsExecutive CommitteeThis committee is composed of three members for this course, the Board Chair, theSecretary, and the Treasurer. At the end of the course, the Executive Committeecompletes a report on the responsibilities of Board leadership and the progress of ourBoard in developing a nonprofit organization giving an overview of the process and thekey functions of each committee, and detailing board responsibilities. A description foreach position is given below. • Board Chair – The Chair is responsible for working with the instructor to develop an agenda for each Board Meeting and for posting the agenda in the Meeting prior to the opening of the meeting. The Chair is also responsible for following up on 1
  2. 2. committee reports to be sure those who are to report have done so. During the meeting, the Chair is to keep the discussions focused, and at the conclusion of the meeting to summarize what has been accomplished. The Chair is also responsible for writing the final report with the Secretary and Treasurer detailing the process the Board used to create our nonprofit organization • Treasurer – The Treasurer is responsible for chairing the Finance Committee and for assuring that there are financial policies, a realistic budget for a new nonprofit, and a system of accounts. The Treasurer helps write the final report with the Finance Committee. • Secretary – The Secretary is responsible for developing minutes for each of the Board Meetings and for posting these within 48 hours of the close of the meeting. In addition, the secretary is responsible for writing the final report with the Chair detailing the process the Board used to create our nonprofit organization.Bylaws CommitteeThis committee is responsible for developing the bylaws for our organization, whichmust be done early in the semester. The bylaws are to be written, discussed, voted upon,and finalized early in the semester.Incorporation CommitteeThis committee is responsible for researching the legal requirements for our organizationto become incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Florida and for our organization tobecome a 501c (3) with the IRS. A detailed plan is to be developed and presented to theBoard to accomplish these goals, including a draft of the Articles of Incorporation. Thisis to be done early in the semester.Planning CommitteeThis committee will work with all of the other committees to develop a strategic plan forthe growth of our organization. The work of this committee begins early in the semesterand continues throughout. Committee members are responsible for leading the discussionthe mission early in the class. Members will work with the Incorporation, Personnel, andFinance Committees to identify the organizations mandates and stakeholders. Memberswill work the full Board to conduct an environmental analysis and with the ExecutiveCommittee to identify the issues facing the new organization. The development of anissues management, implementation, and evaluation plan requires the committeemembers incorporate the work of all the committees into a cohesive whole.Finance CommitteeThe Treasurer is the chair of this committee, which is responsible for researching the“Best Practices” for financial management of a nonprofit organization and for developingfinancial policies for the organization. The role of the Board in financial oversight is to bestressed, and the reporting requirements and accountability standards used to develop the 2
  3. 3. financial policies. A sample budget for new nonprofit organization is to be developedwith the fundraising committee reflecting where the initial monies will come from.Personnel CommitteeThis committee is to research the legal requirements (state and federal) for volunteerworkers and paid workers in our organization. Then the committee is to draft a personnelmanual with policies and job descriptions for our new organization that is appropriate fora new organization without employees.Fundraising CommitteeThis committee will develop a revenue-generating plan that addresses how the Board, thestaff, and the volunteers will raise monies. This plan is to utilize diverse sources ofrevenue such as trusts, grants, and fee for services.Search CommitteeThis committee will research and instruct the Board on its responsibilities in hiring andoverseeing the Executive Director of our organization. Then the committee will write adetailed job description and present a recruitment plan for an executive director. Thecommittee will also develop a plan for service provision before an Executive Director ishired.Marketing CommitteeThis committee will work with the Planning Committee to scan the environment and todevelop an extensive plan to address threats from the environment and to capitalize onthe strengths of the new organization. The marketing plan will focus on utilizing theBoard and volunteers to accomplish its goals. 3