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I. Summary of Proposed Changes
Dept / Program
Political Science
Course Title
Nonprofit Fundraising
Prefix and Course #
PSCI 412
Short Title (max. 26 characters incl. spaces)
Nonprofit Fundraising
Summarize the change(s) proposed
New Course
II. Endorsement/Approvals
Complete the form and obtain signatures before submitting to Faculty Senate Office
Please type / print name Signature
Requestor:
Jon Tompkins
Phone/ email :
X2683
Program Chair/Director:
Paul Haber
Other affected programs
Date
Dean:
Jon Tompkins
(Assoc. Dean)
Are other departments/programs affected by this
Please obtain signature(s) from the Chair/Director
modification because of
of any such department/ program (above) before
(a) required courses incl. prerequisites or corequisites,
submission
(b) perceived overlap in content areas
(c) cross-listing of coursework
III: To Add a New Course Syllabus and assessment information is required (paste syllabus into section
V or attach). Course should have internal coherence and clear focus.
Common Course Numbering Review (Department Chair Must Initial):
YES
NO
Does an equivalent course exist elsewhere in the MUS? Check all relevant disciplines
if course is interdisciplinary. (http://mus.edu/transfer/CCN/ccn_default.asp)
XX
If YES: Do the proposed abbreviation, number, title and credits align with existing course(s)? Please indicate
equivalent course/campus. 
If NO: Course may be unique, but is subject to common course review. Be sure to include learning outcomes
on syllabus or paste below. The course number may be changed at the system level.
See Syllabus
Exact entry to appear in the next catalog (Specify course abbreviation, level, number, title, credits,
repeatability (if applicable), frequency of offering, prerequisites, and a brief description.) 
UG 412 Nonprofit Fundraising 2 cr. Online course offered every year. The course will cover all major
aspects of a fundraising plan including: annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants
and special events. The course will also give students the foundation and tools needed to implement these
plans into action.
Justification: How does the course fit with the existing curriculum? Why is it needed?
This is a core course in the Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration program. It has been taught
several times under a special topics number as a 1 credit course. It will now be expanded to 2 credits to ensure
adequate coverage of the subject matter.
Are there curricular adjustments to accommodate teaching this course?
No
Complete for UG courses (UG courses should be assigned a 400 number).
Describe graduate increment - see procedure 301.30
http://umt.edu/facultysenate/committees/grad_council/procedures/default.aspx
PSCI 412 Nonprofit Fundraising – Graduate Increment. The Graduate Increment assignment
requires students that are taking this course for graduate credit to keep a weekly learning journal that
will be reviewed by the professor at random times during the course. The journal structure is
provided on the first day of class. Journal entries should focus on analysis and understanding of the
course learning concepts and the application of these concepts to various fundraising cases and/or
scenarios. Students will also be required to read at least three professional journal articles from the
field and use citations from these articles at least three times in their journal. Journal entries must
demonstrate that students are engaged in critical thinking to apply the course learning concepts.
Graduate students are required to complete the graduate increment in order to pass the class. This
requirement is worth 150 points.
Complete for Co-convented courses
Companion course number, title, and description (include syllabus of companion course in section V)
See procedure 301.20 http://umt.edu/facultysenate/committees/grad_council/procedures/default.aspx.
New fees and changes to existing fees are only approved once each biennium by the YES
Board of Regents. The coordination of fee submission is administered by
Administration and Finance. Fees may be requested only for courses meeting
specific conditions according to Policy 940.12.1 http://mus.edu/borpol/bor900/940-121.pdf . Please indicate whether this course will be considered for a fee.
If YES, what is the proposed amount of the fee?
Justification:
NO
IV. To Delete or Change an Existing Course – check X all that apply
Deletion
Title
Course Number Change
From:
Level U, UG, G
From:
Co-convened
To:
To:
Description Change
Change in Credits
From:
To:
Prerequisites
1. Current course information at it appears in catalog
(http://www.umt.edu/catalog) 
Repeatability
Cross Listing
(primary
program initiates
form)
Is there a fee associated with the course?
2. Full and exact entry (as proposed) 
3. If cross-listed course: secondary program & course
number
4. If co-convened course: companion course number, title, and description
(include syllabus of companion course in section V) See procedure 301.20
http://umt.edu/facultysenate/committees/grad_council/procedures/default.aspx.
5. Is this a course with MUS Common Course Numbering?
http://mus.edu/transfer/CCN/ccn_default.asp
If yes, please explain below whether this change will eliminate the course’s common course
status.
6. Graduate increment if level of course is changed to
UG. Reference procedure 301.30:
http://umt.edu/facultysenate/committees/
grad_council/procedures/default.aspx
YES
Have you reviewed the graduate increment
guidelines? Please check (X) space provided.
NO
(syllabus required in section V)
7. Other programs affected by the change
8. Justification for proposed change
V. Syllabus/Assessment Information
Required for new courses and course change from U to UG. Paste syllabus in field below or attach and send
digital copy with form.
PSCI 412
Nonprofit Administration Fundraising
Syllabus
Instructor:
Dr. Cindy Briggs, CFRE
(You may call me Dr. B)
Office phone: (214) 509-6321
Office Hours (online):
Monday, 8:00 am – 10:00 am (MST)
Skype: dr.cindybriggs (anytime I am on)
Email:
[email protected] or [email protected]
Important Communication Tips:
Emails:
 The best way to reach me is by sending an email (I check email often).
 I will answer your email within 24 hours—this is usually much quicker.
 If you send me an email after normal work hours on Friday I may not respond until Monday. This
is not definite- I often do check emails over the weekend, but I do reserve weekend’s to be with
my family.
 Very important: I must assume that you open your email that is registered with the course
DAILY, as this is the method I use to communicate with you directly.
Skype:
 Skype is free online service that allows real time communication. You can download the
software and then request me as a contact (dr.cindybriggs). When I am available—I turn my
Skype “on” and you can feel free to ask questions, or just say hi. Think of it as my “open door”
Telephone:
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You may call me at my office number (listed above). Only in case of emergencies do I ask that
you call my cell phone at 214-490-2578.
Please also send me an email if you have left a message on my office phone.
Appointments:
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Online education can be tough—I want to be available to you. So if my office hours are not
convenient- please just let me know—we can make a convenient time for both of us.
Course Description:
A six- week, graduate-level course intended for students and professionals interested in learning the basics
of fundraising (development). The course will be beneficial to those in any aspect of fundraising (i.e.
nonprofits, higher education, etc.)The course will cover all major aspects of a fundraising plan including:
annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, grants and special events. The course will also
give students the foundation and tools needed to implement these plans into action. By the end of the
course students will have developed one major fundraising plan.
Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcome
Assessment
1. Apply a wide range of tools, models
and frameworks to solve particular
fundraising problems.
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Discussion board
2. Analyze and evaluate the fundraising
strategy adopted by particular
nonprofit organizations and suggest
improvements to individual, corporate
and foundation fundraising practice.
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Discussion board
Fundraising Assessment assignment
3. Synthesize and apply the latest
research and thinking in fundraising to
inform and improve professional
practices.
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Discussion board
Reflective Essay
4. Write a fundraising plan for a
nonprofit organization.
5. Manage and develop fundraising
terms.
6. Understand and implement the
Institute of Fundraising/AFP Codes of
Professional Conduct.
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Final Project
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Discussion board
All written assignments
Discussion board
Method of Instruction:
Students will use the Blackboard system to access lectures, readings, and assignments, and to participate in
discussions. Instructor will post lectures, other reading materials and assignments; critique written
assignments; and monitor and evaluate discussion postings.
Learning units will be posted by Monday morning, and assignments be due the following Sunday unless
otherwise noted on the syllabus. Students can expect to receive graded work within one week.
Course Requirements
Students are required to keep up with readings, do library or internet research as assigned, participate in
discussion-board exchanges, and complete written components as required. LATE ASSIGNMENTS ARE NOT
ACCEPTED (* Exceptions will only be made with written verification and prior professor approval)
Participation
Students will be expected to fully engage and participate in this course. While the course is online, and is
asynchronous, students should be prepared to post in the discussion board a minimum of three separate
days per week with two substantive posts. Students will be required to post one initial discussion thread
each week and also reply other students. Students will also be required to discuss any faculty lead
discussions. This participation is graded on both quality and quantity. The grading rubric for participation can
be found at the end of this syllabus.
Holidays
During this course, we may encounter a holiday that you celebrate. Since this is a short course, we have to
continue through the holiday. While you are more than free to take that day off (you only are required to
participate 3 days), you do need to ensure that you meet all other requirements – including assignment due
dates (plan early is always my suggestion).
Submitting Assignments
Be sure to format your paper as you would if you were turning it in (name, course, date, etc.) All assignments
should be submitted through the learning unit tab. No assignments will be accepted via email.
Graduate Student Increment
If you are taking this course for graduate level credit, you do need to realize that it is a graduate level course.
I will expect that level of work in the assignments and the discussion board. The Graduate Increment
assignment requires students that are taking this course for graduate credit to keep a weekly learning
journal that will be reviewed by the professor at random times during the course. The journal
structure is provided on the first day of class. Journal entries should focus on analysis and
understanding of the course learning concepts and the application of these concepts to various
fundraising cases and/or scenarios. Students will also be required to read at least three professional
journal articles from the field and use citations from these articles at least three times in their journal.
Journal entries must demonstrate that students are engaged in critical thinking to apply the course
learning concepts. Graduate students are required to complete the graduate increment in order to pass
the class. This requirement is worth 150 points.
Since the assignments given in this course are integrated to achieve the best possible learning outcome for
students, and since they are designed to build on and to test knowledge gained through comprehensive
participation, the expectation is that all students will to the best of their abilities complete all assignments.
Attention paid by the instructor to critiquing written assignments will be directly proportional to the amount
of effort put forth by individual students on writing them, and on overall course participation as well.
References
This is a college level course; therefore, you will be required to use appropriate references in your work.
Please use APA Style Manual when referencing work. There are some very good websites that can help you
with this referencing style, but I always suggest that graduate students also purchase the APA Style Manual.
Course time and preparation
Students can expect to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week on this course. The goal of the instructor is
to have you gain workable knowledge on all main parts of development and fundraising.
Reading Materials
Required:
(2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). American
Psychological Association. Washington, DC: Author.
Sargeant, A., Shang, J., & Associates (2010). Fundraising Principles and Practice. San Francisco:
Jossey-Bass.
Other materials will be posted on Blackboard, or web addresses will be provided for internet
readings
Course Assessment
Components
Possible Points
Fundraising Component Assessment
Reflective Essay
Participation (Discussion Board)
Final Fundraising Plan
150
100
150
200
Journal Article Review (graduate students only)
150
Letter grades are based on standard percentages: 90%-100%= A; 80%-89%=B; 70%-79%=C
Important Reading Tips:
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Read the assigned text. Please read everything assigned.
I do not always directly cover items in the book- and there are times I will disagree with
some of the readings. I will always explain why—but I want you to see various aspects and
“ways” to do development (fundraising).
It is a great idea to read ahead if at all possible—then you are more prepared for the
discussion board.
Student with Disabilities
Students with disabilities will receive reasonable accommodations in this online course. To request course
modifications, please contact me as soon as possible. I will work with you and Disability Services in the
accommodation process. For more information, visit the Disability Services website at
http://www.umt.edu/dss/ or call 406.243.2243 (Voice/Text).
Request for Withdrawal
Request for Withdrawal from the course must be submitted in writing to Janie Spencer, School of Extended
and Lifelong Learning (formerly Continuing Education) prior to the last week of the course. Students are
responsible for reading and understanding the full UM policy on Withdrawal from the University. Refunds
are not granted for withdrawals made after course registration deadlines.
Student Conduct Code
The Student Conduct Code, embodying the ideals of academic honesty, integrity,
human rights, and responsible citizenship, governs all student conduct at The
University of Montana-Missoula. You are expected to adhere to this code.
It is also expected that each student will help foster a collegial learning environment by sharing his or her
experiential and academic knowledge and practices, as well as respectfully listening to the viewpoints of
others and following basic netiquette rules. You are expected to complete all reading assignments so that
you can discuss them intelligently in discussion forums, individual assignments, and small group
(collaborative) assignments.
Please Note:
I do try to make this syllabus as complete and correct as possible. I do reserve the right to make any
necessary changes. If that happens, I will give ample time and post notes in the announcement
section and via university email. I do not foresee this needing to happen, but please understand that
sometimes circumstances may warrant such action.
Course Calendar
Week
1-
2-
Topic(s)
 Overview
 Introductions
 Introduction to nonprofits
 Legal/ethical fundraising
 Understanding behavior
 Introduction to fundraising
planning
Assignment
Introduction post on Blackboard
Read Chapters 1-5 (text)
Discussion board posts
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Read Chapters 6-8, 10-12 (text)
Discussion board posts
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3-
4-
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Fundraising planning
Donor recruitment
Donor development &
retention
Stewardship
E-fundraising
Bequests and planned
giving
Major gifts
Events in fundraising
Budgeting
Assessing performance
Community fundraising
Get prepared for short answer
assignment due next
Wednesday!
DUE: Fundraising component
short answer (in discussion
board due by)
Read Chapters 1, 13-15, 19 (text)
Discussion board posts
Read Chapters 9, 16, 18 (text)
Discussion board posts
Due
5-
6-
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Volunteers
Corporate/sponsorships
Workplace giving
CRM
DUE: Reflective Essay
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Trust/Foundations
Capital Campaigns
Social role in fundraising
Managing public trust
Read Chapters 17, 20-22 (text)
Discussion board posts
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Wrap up topics
Pulling it all together
DUE: Final fundraising plan
DUE: Graduate Student
Assignment
All assignments are due on the day listed by 7:00 pm (MST) unless otherwise noted!
Discussion Board Grading Rubric
Each week you should post two (2) SUBSTANTIVE posts on three (3) separate days and these must be
within the discussion week (Monday- Sunday). This means that there needs to be some “meat” to your
responses. You can see the grading rubric below. I do expect at the graduate level we will have many
more posts—more in a discussion format. You can earn up to 25 points per week.
Content
Language
Response
0-5 Points
Discussion
questions not
addressed;
resources or
readings not
mentioned.
Thought processes
are incomplete.
Postings contain
multiple
grammatical
errors.
Posts are limited (I
agree.. etc.)
without
explanation.
6-14 points
Discussion
questions are
addressed;
resources or
readings are
mentioned and
relate to topic.
Though processes
are complete.
Postings contain
no grammatical
errors.
Posts are on time
and contain
extended
discussion
relevant to topic.
15-20 points
Previous level,
plus incorporates
readings and
resources into
own experiences.
21-25 Points
Previous level,
plus offers
resources related
to topic that are
not found in the
assigned readings.
Previous level,
plus arguments
are clear, concise,
and cogent; the
post is timely and
relevant.
Previous level,
plus responses
relate theory to
practice or
personal
application.
Previous level,
plus incorporates
previous learning
into relevant
topic.
Previous level,
plus posts are
insightful and
combine multiple
ideas related to
the topics.
You can only receive the highest level of points if you have done the 2 substantive posts on 3 separate
days.
VI Department Summary (Required if several forms are submitted) In a separate document list course
number, title, and proposed change for all proposals.
VII Copies and Electronic Submission. After approval, submit original, one copy, summary of
proposals and electronic file to the Faculty Senate Office, UH 221, [email protected]
Revised 5-4-11
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