Summer (1st Session) 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Fundraising: Public and Nonprofit Sector
Instructor(s): David Eaton
Course: P A 388D - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar on Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 96418
Day & Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Room: SRH 3.330A
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This is a course on development and fundraising for the nonprofit and public sectors. Each student will develop a development fundraising plan or grant proposal in a topic area of personal interest. The course addresses legal techniques (other than taxes) for raising resources for not-for-profit or governmental activities: grants, contracts, direct fundraising, swaps, gifts, deferred giving, etc. The class will include participation of persons from diverse public sector institutions involved in the process of raising and managing funds. Topics include: presentation of self and organizations, project development, the proposal process, project assessment, and project financial management. Additional subjects include: diversity of information of grant sources, planned giving, capital campaigns, major gift solicitation, political fundraising, benefit events, annual giving, strategic fundraising plans, as well as processes for raising and spending money through philanthropy. The course is directed at two client groups: working professionals and graduate students. Employees of universities, local/state governments, non-profit organizations, or political parties can benefit from the course by developing skills directly applicable to their existing or future positions. Students with dissertation or thesis research ideas can use the course to prepare requests for research support. As this is a graduate level course, it is expected that a person who enrolls either will have completed an undergraduate degree or will have practical experience which is equivalent to an undergraduate degree. Each student will be evaluated primarily on the quality of a written product; such as a development, grant proposal or other fundraising project. Due to the abbreviated length of the term (5 weeks), each member of the class will be expected to meet with the instructor outside of class to discuss their proposal, so as to increase the likelihood that the project can be completed by the end of the course. The deadline for the final assignment is July 10, 2007.

This class will be taught in parallel between Austin at The University of Texas at Austin (UT/A) and Hiroshima at the School for International Development and Cooperation (IDE). There will be parallel cases in Japan and the USA. Individual mentoring will be provided to each student, both at IDEC at U/H and at the LBJ School at UT/A.

Class origanizational meeting: Monday, May 7 at UT/A
Meetings at IDEC: June 1 and 2; July 5 and 6


Grading:Class Assignments - 10 percent; Class Participation - 10 percent; Presentation of proposal in class - 10 percent; Final written proposal - 70 percent

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