Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • W - Writing

Typically offered:


This course is designed for students who are interested in nonprofit organizations and want to become strategic and effective communicators in this setting. We will learn to compose clear, concise, and compelling materials that meet the varied communication needs typical of nonprofits. Through analyzing the writing of nonprofits, investigating case studies and sector trends, and producing a portfolio of original materials, we will gain an understanding of the common genres of nonprofit writing and develop skills needed to support a successful mission-driven organization. In addition to writing for multiple audiences and communication channels, students will practice selecting appropriate imagery and creating content collaboratively. Students are encouraged to pursue a service-learning opportunity by working with a local nonprofit organization. Evaluation is based on class participation and successfully completing four short writing assignments (options include a mission statement, case for support, fundraising letter, brochure, talking points, press release, and content marketing piece) and one longer project, such as a grant proposal, report, or study.


Permission of instructor.

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