BUS 265 — Emerging Stronger from the Pandemic: How to Adapt Your Nonprofit and Thrive
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 3 weeks
Date(s): Nov 3—Nov 17
Time: 5:00—6:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Nov 5
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Instructor(s): Christine Sherry
Class Recording Available: Yes
The pandemic has laid bare, and in some cases exacerbated, longstanding vulnerabilities in the nonprofit sector. At the same time, the past eighteen months have provided leaders from both nonprofits and philanthropies the opportunity to question and re-evaluate their standard practices in order to strengthen their work going forward. How does a nonprofit organization reimagine its future, rebuild for the long-term, and emerge from these trying times more resilient than before? We will examine these questions both from a historical perspective and in the context of events of the last year, including growing attention to racial and social justice and philanthropic reforms. Against this backdrop, the course will cover refining mission and setting priorities; developing financial stability plans; and embracing equity, justice, and inclusion. We will cover the work of a variety of nonprofits in different fields, such as Planned Parenthood and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as a cross-section of large and small performing arts organizations, grassroots groups, and those focusing on racial and social justice. The course is designed for nonprofit leaders, including executive staff and board members, and will include discussion groups and breakout sessions. Students will analyze what they are learning and apply the lessons to the organizations they serve. They will leave with concrete ideas on both how to reimagine and reexamine their organization’s practices and with an action plan for positive change.
Christine Sherry advises philanthropists and nonprofits on a variety of issues, from strategy to governance. For more than twenty years, she has taught and coached many nonprofit boards and leaders as well as donors on best practices and emerging trends in the field. She received a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
Founder and President, Sherry Consulting
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.