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University of Iowa Courses

Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness (NOE) I and II

The interrelated courses Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness (NOE) I and II are offered at the University of Iowa in the fall and spring of each academic year and focus on the issues and best practices required to build organizational capacity and assure organizational accountability. NOE I and II are the foundation courses for the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy.

Offered through the Department of Management and Organizations in the UI’s Tippie College of Business, NOE I and II are also cross-listed in a number of other departments. If you prefer to receive course credit through another department, be sure to enroll using that department’s course number. Cross listed departments appear below. Each department name is followed by the code that precedes specific course numbers in that department. To enroll or to check course availability, go to the MyUI Courses dashboard.

  • Management and Organization (MGMT)
  • Entrepreneurial Management (ENTR)
  • Museum Studies (MUSM)
  • Nursing (NURS)
  • Religious Studies (RELS)
  • Social Work (SSW)
  • Sports Studies (SPST)


  • Offers overview of nonprofits’ roles in building and enhancing communities.
  • Compares characteristics of nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
  • Identifies management skills needed for the effective operation of nonprofit organizations.
  • Examines operational and financial aspects of nonprofits, i.e., board governance, finance, budgeting, income generation, fundraising and information management and technology.
  • Students draft a mission statement and strategic plan.


  • Examines necessary qualities for nonprofit leaders including relationships with staff and volunteers.
  • Looks at the nonprofit relationship with the external world, i.e., community constituencies, governmental entities, professional associations and collaboration with other organizations.
  • Emphasizes integrated strategic communication involving marketing, public relations, public advocacy and internal relations.