This interdisciplinary program introduces students to "Third Sector" corporations and begins to prepare them to assume leadership roles in those organizations. Courses in not-for-profit management can be an excellent complement to many other majors, including American studies and history (for museum work); biology or chemistry (for work with environmental advocacy groups); or sociology (for work with social service agencies)
With the rapid increase in the number of 501(c)(3) corporations has come a call for greater accountability and professionalism in the management of the sector. With this pressing need in mind, Salem offers a major and minor in not-for-profit management (as well as a certificate program, launched in 2009).
Salem's program, which began in 2006, is the first undergraduate major in the field in the state of North Carolina and one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. Students majoring in not-for-profit management at Salem will be prepared to manage organizations in the fields of advocacy, health care, philanthropy, private education and religious and social service organizations.
You, like other not-for-profit majors, are eager to effect change in the world, and understand that this is not possible without rigorous professional training. You may decide supplement this major with a minor or double-major in another field in order to tailor your preparation to a particular area of interest.
Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez is the Director of the Not-for-Profit Management Program. She is a teacher, researcher, consultant and public servant in the area of nonprofit management and leadership. If you would like to learn more about her visit the Featured Faculty tab.
If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first three graduates of the NFPM Program (Class of 2007) have found employment in the following areas. Since then our graduates have had a wide variety of employment options, many of whom have found employmentprior to graduation or have continued into graduate school.
- Peace Corps, Concepcion, Bolivia
- Municipal Research/Services, National League of Cities, Washington, D.C.
- Associate Director, Emergency Services, NWNC Red Cross, Winston-Salem, NC
Not-for-Profit Management Major (B.A.)
The not-for-profit management major is an interdisciplinary one that combines study in the social sciences, accounting and/or the sciences with courses specific to the field of not-for-profit management. It introduces students to “Third Sector” corporations and prepares them to assume leadership roles in those organizations. The field includes advocacy, arts and culture, health care, philanthropic, private education, religious and social service organizations. Within the major, students must complete a core of eight and one-half management courses and four management electives. Not-for-profit management majors must take all of their not-for-profit management (NFPM) courses at Salem. Opportunities are available for majors to do internships in a variety of local, state, and national not-for-profit organizations.
Not-for-Profit Management Minor
The minor in not-for-profit management can be successfully combined with many majors. A few examples include history (for museum work), biology or chemistry (for work with environmental advocacy organizations) and sociology (for work with social service agencies). The minor in not-for-profit management requires completion of six courses.
Not-for-Profit Management Certificate
Salem College since fall 2009 has offered a Not-for-Profit Management Certificate program. Students interested in this program should apply through the Fleer Center for Adult Education at Salem College.
While Salem already has a major and minor in Not-for-Profit Management, the certificate program is designed for non-degree candidates who are assuming entry-level positions in small- to medium-size organizations; want to be more effective in their current not-for-profit positions; or hope to advance in their not-for-profit careers.
The certificate program — which can be completed in nine months to two years, depending upon workload — features courses in fundraising, organizational planning and evaluation, management and governance, financial management and communication concepts. It will not only supply a rigorous base of knowledge for candidates but also the opportunity for “hands on” contact with not-for-profit agencies in the Triad.
Director of the certificate program is Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, director of the not-for-profit management degree program at Salem as well as non-profit management consultant, workshop facilitator, and researcher in the field.
The not-for-profit management major is an interdisciplinary one that combines study in the social sciences, accounting and/or the sciences with courses specific to the field of not-for-profit leadership roles in those organizations. The field includes advocacy, arts and culture, health care, philanthropic, private education, religious and social service organizations. Within the major, students must complete a core of nine management courses and five management electives. Not- for-profit management majors must take all of their not-for-profit management (NFPM) courses at Salem. Opportunities are available for majors to do internships in a variety of local, state, and national not-for-profit organizations.
Not-for-Profit Management Courses (NFPM)
100. The Not-for-Profit Corporation One course
A study of the basic structure and governance of not-for-profit corporations, including comparison with for-profit and governmental structures. Management, tax and legal issues will be introduced. Fall.
130. Making Change: Public Policy, Advocacy, and Grassroots Organizing One course
An introduction to public policy and to the means of effecting change in it. The principal focus of the course will be on lobbying, advocacy and grassroots organizing as tools for influencing public policy. Cross-listed as SOCI 130.
140. Social Entrepreneurship One course
An introduction to the creation of enduring change in social systems. The course will present historical models of social entrepreneurs as well as contemporary examples. Emphasis will be placed upon the transferable lessons that those examples represent. The subset of social entrepreneurship that emphasizes fiscal sustainability will also be presented. Cross-listed as SOCI 140.
150. Web-Based Marketing and Fundraising Tools One course
An introduction to the potential of the Internet for marketing and fund-raising. Students will examine online tools and practices that have application to increasing organizational visibility, developing/maintaining contact with stakeholders and accepting donations. Particular attention will be given to social networking possibilities.
160. Non-Governmental Organizations One course
An introduction to civil society organizations on the international level. Their historical development and current status will be presented, along with a comparison with not-for-profit corporations in the U.S. Prerequisite: NFPM 100 or permission of instructor.
170. Financial Management for Not-for-Profit Organizations One course
This course will introduce students to accounting, financial and related administrative issues that are unique to not-for-profit organizations. The course will examine the rules of accounting that are specific to not-for-profit organizations, including fund accounting, and introduce students to the fundamentals of endowment and investment management. The financial tools for successful management of a not-for-profit organization will be discussed, including cash flow planning,budgeting and the design and evaluation of internal controls. Pre-requisites: ACCT 120 and NFPM 100 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as ACCT 170.
180. Volunteer Management One course
An introduction to principles and practices of volunteer management in not-for-profit corporations. Prerequisite: NFPM 100 or permission of instructor.
200. Independent Study in Not-for-Profit Management One-quarter to one course
Independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative average. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, conferences, project and/or field experience. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any term. Permission of director.
250. Not-for-Profit Fundraising One course
A study of resource development for not-for-profit corporations. Topics to be studied include grant writing, special events, donor solicitation, planned giving, fundraising drives and capital campaigns. Prerequisite: NFPM 100 or permission of the instructor. Spring.
270. Internship in Not-for-Profit Management One course
Opportunity to develop and enhance management skills in the environment of a not-for-profit corporation. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors; admission by application only.
280. Topics in Not-for-Profit Management One course
In-depth study of an issue (or issues) of special current importance in the field of not-for-profit management. (E.g., Lobbying and Advocacy, Public Policy, Governance.)
290. Honors Independent Study in Not-for-Profit Management One course
Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Normally open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 average in not-for-profit management, subject to the approval of the program coordinator. Honors Independent Study may be taken for a maximum of two courses.
301. Organizational Planning and Evaluation One course
A course to teach and develop skills in strategic thinking and approaches to planning as well as organizational and program evaluation. Prerequisite: NFPM 100 or permission of the instructor. Spring.
310. Not-for-Profit Management and Governance One course
Advanced study of management issues in not-for-profit corporations, including organizational assessment, public policy and governance. Prerequisite: NFPM 100 or permission of the instructor. Fall.
390. Senior Seminar in Not-for-Profit Management One-half course
Students will complete a portfolio documenting experience and/or competence in topics and skills essential to successful management of the not-for-profit organizations. This course will include preparation for and successful completion of a comprehensive exam. Students will participate in discussions of contemporary issues in the field and plan their senior projects. Fall.
395. Senior Project in Not-for-Profit Management One-half course
Students will complete a significant project demonstrating preparedness for professional work in the discipline. The project may be production of an event, a practical plan or evaluation for an organization (e.g., a funding plan, a program evaluation, or an organizational assessment), or a major research paper on an aspect of not-for-profit management. Some elements of NFPM 390 may be continued in NFPM 395. Spring
Visit the Clubs & Organizations page for opportunities to join nonprofit organizations around campus!
Hábitat para la Humanida (Habitat for Humanity), San Ramon, Costa Rica
Nonprofit Connections, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Red Cross: Northwest North Carolina Chapter, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth County
Knollwood Baptist Church
The Women's Fund of Winston-Salem
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Dr. Darlene Rodriguez
"Ivy House was required to file what is known as a 990-N form, which provides eight pieces of information, including the name of the principal officer and confirmation that it has income of less than $50,000." -Darlene Rodriguez
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“We help seniors on the cusp of graduating by establishing mentoring programs to help them graduate, and we have a special Big Brothers Big Sisters program with a ninth-grade mentoring program which reaches out to kids who may have struggled at the start of high school to help make it more probable that they’ll graduate.” -Eric Aft
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"I think The Fellowship Home does stand alone, in serving men. We want to invest in excellence, and that's what Thom and his team produce." -Eric Aft
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"A lot of the time, people think we are one and the same. If they're boycotting us because of something happening with the national organization, it does not really fit with what's going on." -Natasha Gore
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Dr. Darlene Rodriguez
Where are you from?From my mother’s loving womb, where I was raised in a multi-generational, bi-racial, bi-cultural, and bi-lingual home where desde la puerta para dentro* it was home in South America and desde la puerta para fuera* was home in North America. When it pertains to residence, most recently, I have resided seven years in Georgia and four years in North Carolina.
What brought you to Salem/what were your reasons for choosing to teach at Salem?I came to Salem College because I am called to teach and love it dearly. That love was instilled in me by a dear professor, mentor, and friend, Dr. E. Joseph Kaplan prior to his passing in October 1998.
Kaplan was the teacher when I was an undergraduate student who helped to transform and forever change the trajectory of my professional life. Salem’s heart for passionate teaching harmonizes with my own sense of what higher education should be and I strive to leave a lasting legacy in the lives of others, just as Kaplan’s legacy lives on in me.
What kinds of global experiences have you had?I am a sojourner who is constantly seeking to be homeward bound; I live in a constant state of being a foreigner. As for places I have visited, lived, and experienced, they include: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, People’s Republic of China, Spain, St. Croix, St. Maarten, Switzerland, Turkey, former United Soviet Socialist Republic, United States of America, and Venezuela. I have also been a domestic and foreign exchange student as well as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and a U.S. Peace Corps Masters International Fellow, which has facilitated some of the travels stated above.
What are your areas of special interest within your discipline / research interests? Any books or articles that you've published?Teaching interests: Community engagement, nonprofit management and leadership, philanthropy, and organizational effectiveness.
Research interests: The confluence of cultural competence, immigration status, and nonprofits’ impact on ethnic communities.
What is your favorite course to teach?Fundraising and philanthropy
Any books or articles that you've published?I have had several book reviews, book chapters, as well as peer-reviewed and practitioner-reviewed articles published. These have been as sole author, in collaboration with academic and professional colleagues, and with student research assistants who seek to learn a subject and enhance their skills.
Currently, I am revising two chapters for inclusion in a book that seeks “to document the undocumented” current history of immigrants in each of the fifty states of the United States. I am also part of a research collaborative of nonprofit scholars who are working state-wide to do macro-level research on philanthropy and nonprofit effectiveness. I am humbled to announce, that my collaborators and I received the “Best Paper Award” for 2011 by our national professional organization (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action).
What kind of advice would you give to a student thinking about entering your discipline?Live to learn; learn to live; live learning; learn living; most importantly, learn to give your life on behalf of others.
* Translations, in order of occurrence:
- From inside the front door (facing the home)
- From outside the front door (facing the world)
- Somebody amazing
What do you see as the strengths of a women's college?Combining first-class education with the ability to connect in a nurturing environment with like-minded women who are going to love deeply, fight passionately, and give fully to a world in desperate need of the blessings they offer.
What are the benefits for the students if they choose a major in your department at Salem?I teach students how nonprofits can rewrite scripts, scripts like mine. I grew up hard. I was aquella chama, whose life was scripted to fail. Pero alguien increible* crossed my path and used nonprofits to write me a better script. Now, I remind students that thousands of life scripts are still being written and how individuals and nonprofits can redact, and sometimes, even rewrite them and change the course of one’s herstory!
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?- “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
-St. Francis de Sales
- “Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.”
-St. Francis de Sales
What are your favorite books that you would recommend to students?- Camilla Stivers. Bureau Men, Settlement Women.
- Robert Fulghum. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
- Eugene Peterson. The Message
Directory of Local Nonprofit Organizations
Information for this list of organizations has been taken from many sources, including the
Guidestar online database, the United Way of Greater High
Point, the High Point Chamber of Commerce, various telephone directories, and the
websites of the organizations themselves.
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HandsOn Northwest North Carolina
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina strengthens our community by building the capacity of our nonprofits and increasing volunteerism. We connect nonprofits with the resources needed to develop capacity, and we connect volunteers with nonprofits needing services. We work closely with the 350+ different nonprofits in our network, and we touch the lives of thousands of volunteers each year. While we have a central focus in Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County, our core services are available to organizations and citizens in the surrounding communities of Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties.
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N.C. Center for Nonprofits
Our mission is to enrich North Carolina's communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. The Center serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.
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The Philanthropy Journal is an independent voice and champion for nonprofits and their supporters. Through a daily website and free, weekly email bulletin, we deliver nonprofit news, resources, announcements and job listings.
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United Way of North Carolina
Have you ever wondered how to find help or a community service for yourself or someone in need? There are about 30,000 nonprofits in North Carolina. Finding the one you need can be difficult. Simply dial 2-1-1 from your home, office or cell phone, any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to learn about vital services in your community. This call is free, confidential and available in any language.
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Volunteer Center of Greensboro
The Volunteer Center of Greensboro strengthens our community by creating meaningful volunteer connections. We connect people, promote volunteerism, support nonprofits, and build partnerships.
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2006 Social Capital Benchmark Study
Survey results from the 2006 National Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey indicated that Forsyth County residents were volunteering and participating in community-building activities at a higher level than they were in 2000.
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