Forum 1 (Module 1 and 2) 

Topic: Toward Nonprofit Organization Reform in the Voluntary Spirit – Lessons from the Internet

After reading the article by Lori A. Brainard and Patricia D. Siplon found in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 1,

1. Compare and contrast the economic model and the voluntary spirit model.
2. Analyze the acquisition and use of resources, such as charitable donations and volunteers, as discussed in both the Worth text and the article.
3. Understanding the Christian principle of giving, demonstrate the correlation between charitable donation and volunteerism in a nonprofit organization.

Your thread of at least 400 words is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 1. Your 2 replies must each be at least 200 words and are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 2.

Forum 2 (Modules 3 and 4) 

Topic: Understanding the Behavior of Nonprofit Board of Directors – A Theory-Based Approach

After reading the article by Judith L. Miller-Milllsen in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 3,

1. Define the functional responsibilities of the board of directors.
2. Briefly describe each of the following 3 theories and how they affect board behavior:

  • Agency theory,
  • Resource dependence theory, and
  • Institutional theory.


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Forum 3 (Modules 5 and 6) Options Menu: Forum

Topic: National Youth Organization

After reviewing the case study found in the Reading & Study folder, discuss the following questions:

1. Understanding the composition of your board and the history and culture of your organization, how would you go about laying the groundwork for the significant changes you believe need to be undertaken?
2. Where would you start and what would you do next? Provide the reasons why you would make these changes.

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Forum 4 (Modules 7 and 8) 

Topic: Worth Ch. 13 – Case 13.1A and 13.1B

1. In the cases above, do the ethical issues involve behavior of a fund-raiser, conditions placed on the gift or the impact of the gift on the organization’s mission and resources, characteristics or personal reputation of the donor, or concerns about privacy?
2. How would you handle the issues raised by each case?
3. After reflecting on the presentation viewed in this module/week, describe the parallels of Christian principles and ethical standards of business.