Nonprofits & Philanthropy


New Course Offering for Spring 2011!

POL 390 Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:50 am

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of the nonprofit sector.  A range of topics and questions will be at the heart of the class including:  What motivates individuals, institutions, and corporations to give?  What makes an effective nonprofit?  How do we measure the impact of nonprofit programs?  Is philanthropy effective?  Does the power wielded by philanthropists strengthen or threaten the nature of our democratic society?   Course work is designed to give students hands on experience in the fundamentals of grant writing and grant seeking.  Students will hear from accomplished guest speakers.


Designed to accommodate students from a variety of disciplines, this course will help students adapt the skills they are developing within their respective fields towards an application in the nonprofit sector.  By thinking creatively about solving problems facing the community, students will be better prepared to pursue a career in the service of society.

About the Instructor

Ryan Strode is a Analyst with Arabella Advisors, a leading philanthropic consulting firm.  He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago and is an alumni of Purdue University Calumet and the recipient of the University’s Outstanding Student of the Year.