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SW663, Section 001

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.

Semester: Winter 2022
Instructor: Julie D. Cushman
U-M Class #: 36601
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Pathway Associations

Community ChangeElective
Interpersonal Practice
Mgmt & LeadershipElective (Host)
Policy & PoliticalElective
Program EvaluationElective
Older Adults
Children & Families

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