|Mgmt & Leadership
|Policy & Political
|Children & Families
Social impact organizations secure resources through a variety of methods, including fees, grants, contracts, financial gifts, in-kind (non-cash) contributions, and investments. This course involves assessing an agency’s resource mix and developing tactics and strategies to sustain or expand its revenue streams. Students will explore the range of possible income sources that organizations can allocate to advance social justice by expanding and improving services, empowering groups, reaching populations in need, improving social conditions or anticipating and responding to new challenges. The implications of using alternative approaches of income generation and of changing the income mix will be analyzed in terms of mission accomplishment, program viability, adherence to ethics and values, and organizational sustainability. Skill development will be emphasized in areas such as grant seeking, proposal writing, donor development, direct solicitation of gifts, service contracting, and strategically communicating mission. Students will learn how to identify prospective funding sources, build relationships with potential donors, funders and collaborators, write, package and submit grant proposals, and communicate strategically. This course will also address emerging and changing trends in philanthropy.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify appropriate funding strategies that support financial sustainability of an organization.
2. Locate appropriate funding sources for programs, projects, and identified organizational and community needs.
3. Cultivate, steward, and sustain mutually beneficial relationships with potential funders, donors and other stakeholders.
4. Write, package and submit proposals that are technically complete and contribute to social equity.
5. Distinguish between the advantages and disadvantages of funding sources and strategies in terms of mission, program achievement, ethics, and organizational sustainability.
6. Explore ethical concerns related to applying for, accepting, and managing grants, as well as philanthropy and fundraising.
The instruction in this course uses experiential and inclusive pedagogy that encourages the development of solutions to relevant problems in the field. The course’s design includes such instructional methods as: mini lectures case studies, in-class exercises, and applied assignments. In addition, there is an emphasis on proposal writing and group project planning and implementation. Guest speakers may join classes when relevant.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106