Online course

Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits

Take a look at the world of social entrepreneurship and familiarise yourself with new concepts and methods of entrepreneurship.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Learn about the economic tools to become a successful social entrepreneur

Nonprofit organisations operate globally in many areas. They address societal issues in fields like health, culture and arts, environment, education and research. With their work, they make a significant contribution to sustainable social and ecological development.

On this course, you will build the economic tools and knowledge needed to become a successful social entrepreneur. You will get an introduction to the topics that need to be addressed in order to make informed decisions in nonprofits. You will also look at your own practice to apply and reflect on what you’ve learnt.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsHave you ever wondered how to turn industrial fallow into a lively and inspiring new district?

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 secondsOr have you ever wanted to find a way to further global hygiene recycling refuse?

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsOr have you already started your own nonprofit organisation? We were five people with one strong idea, and that's the way we started it. We started from the scratch. So at the beginning there was like the acquisition of key partners. In this course, you will become acquainted with exciting stories of nonprofit organisations that help meet the manifold challenges we face in today's world. We will provide you with the needed skills and knowledge to turn your ideas into tales of success.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsWe help you to understand how innovative concepts need to be implemented when financial means are scarce, and we give you an introduction to the topics that need to be addressed in order to make informed decisions and to apply your learnings in practise. In short, you learn how your nonprofit organisation achieves greater impact through entrepreneurial theories and tools. We feel very confident about one thing, entrepreneurship is a concept that is able to address many problems. Globally, there are innovative solutions to be found. This course helps you to devise the skill sets you need to develop them. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

What topics will you cover?

  • Organisational theories and entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to social innovation
  • New financing models for nonprofits
  • Impact measurement

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    This course started 1 April 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore theories that help to analyse entrepreneurial activity
  • Investigate the potentials and pitfalls of social entrepreneurship
  • Identify your own social innovation model
  • Develop a plan for your financial resources
  • Evaluate impact measurement as a tool for communication and accountability

Who is the course for?

This course is intended for anyone interested in the topics of social entrepreneurship and dedicated people who want to work in the nonprofit sector. You don’t need prior knowledge of the economic tools that are needed to apply entrepreneurship in nonprofits - it addresses non-professionals as well as NPO executives and employees and students of economics and management at BA and MA level.

Who will you learn with?

Georg von Schnurbein

Professor for Philanthropy Studies at University of Basel. My major research interests are nonprofit management and governance, impact analysis, and nonprofit finances.

Who developed the course?

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching.

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