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Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits

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

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Learn about economic tools to become a successful social entrepreneur.

Nonprofit organizations 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. This course provides you with the economic tools and knowledge that are needed to become a successful social entrepreneur. It gives you an introduction to the topics that need to be addressed in order to make informed decisions in nonprofits, and it asks you to look upon your own practices in order to critically reflect your learnings.

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

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

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 seconds Or 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 seconds We 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?

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

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  • 18 Apr 2022 - 20 May 2022

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore theories that help to analyze 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 work in the nonprofit sector or would like to do so. You don’t need prior knowledge of the economic tools that are needed to apply entrepreneurship in nonprofits - this course 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?

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?

University of Basel

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

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