SOWK 660 - Nonprofit Program Development

  • 3 credits

SOWK 660 - Nonprofit Program Development is a new online course within the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, and it is ideal for professionals and graduate-level students who are interested in nonprofit agency planning, program development, and effective organizational management. If you desire to serve in a leadership capacity within the nonprofit sector, this course provides knowledge and skills training to help you succeed. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in principles of planning, development, capacity building, and necessary elements for designing and implementing strategic programs with high-functioning teams
  • Develop skills necessary to assume leadership, management, and program development positions in the nonprofit sector
  • Analyze and apply knowledge of the principles and elements of ethical decision-making to real-world dilemmas within nonprofit organizations
  • Evaluate effectiveness of organizational programs, interventions and actions based on human service values and ethics
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in leadership roles regarding external collaboration, community accountability, and team development skills with respect for diversity and strengths of groups and communities engaged
  • Apply knowledge of components of program development through creation of a program development proposal, including executive summary, budget, and evaluation plan
  • Illustrate knowledge in strategic program planning and management, community organizing, staffing and boards, and evaluation and implementation strategies in varied organizational structures and cultures

This course can be applied toward:

Textbooks and Materials

For textbook information please contact Sarah Rudisill.


Amanda Flott-Kinsey
Amanda Flott-Kinsey

Amanda Flott Kinsey is an instructor within the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, specializing in nonprofit management, growth, and development. Amanda received a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a BA degree in political science and American studies from the University of Kansas. She has more than twelve years of management experience working in a variety of nonprofits, political advocacy groups, and direct service providers, including Amnesty International and Dress for Success Worldwide. This time was spent planning sustainable systems and structures, growing programs and offices, facilitating strategic planning, compassionately managing staff, and developing successful issue campaigns and legislation towards the advancement of women’s human rights. As a nonprofit management consultant, her research interests include all areas of efficient organization structure and operations, human resources, program development, evaluation, and planning. Additionally, as a registered yoga teacher, Amanda incorporates elements of mindfulness, work-life balance, and collaboration into her management and consulting style. Amanda Flott Kinsey brings more than five years of course design and teaching experience with undergraduate and graduate level students in social policy advocacy, nonprofit leadership, program development, and human behavior at several universities in Illinois and Colorado.

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