PA 6304: Local Government Planning


Examines the evolution of mission-based, philanthropic organizations and the practices of local government that work with nonprofit organizations to accomplish the public service mission. Students gain the practical knowledge to lead a nonprofit organization and effectively manage the legal, contractual, political, socio-cultural and financial factors that affect nonprofit processes. Students interested in local nonprofit careers will find applicable strategies for communication and implementation of the nonprofit mission and goals internally among staff and externally to policy makers, grantors, and stakeholder groups in the local community.


  1. Characterize nonprofit organizations’ roles and responsibilities in a democratic local government environment.
  2. Design an effective communications strategy that conveys the nonprofit mission to specific internal and external audiences.
  3. Analyze local government (municipal, county, and city) relationships that are complementary, supplementary or adversarial.
  4. Depict strategies of using technology systems, e-learning, and e-training to strengthen relationships with government administration at the federal, state and local levels.
  5. Articulate the challenges of advocating for grants-in-aid, fee-for-service, and eligibility service models, and associated effect on relationship building with local governments.
  6. Evaluate financial tax policies affecting nonprofits and proposed strategies for successful implementation of the service mission.
  7. Assess the complexities of contracting and collaborating with local governments and small businesses.
  8. Apply real-world exercises and library research useful to career planning in the nonprofit sector.


  1. PA 5305
  2. PA 5306


State and local government (Rev: 10th ed.)

Publisher: Cengage Learning (2017)
Author: Bowman, A. O. & Kearney, R. C.
ISBN: 9781305388475
Price: $163.74

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