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Nonprofit Clinic

University of Oregon’s Nonprofit Clinic

Nonprofit Clinic Student Engagement

An interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunity available to
University of Oregon students in the
School of Law
The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Class dates and times:

Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursdays from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Learn about nonprofits in action.

Engage with expert consultants, executive directors, and boards of directors.

Build pathways to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations.

The University of Oregon School of Law, the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) have partnered to create a clinical opportunity for students to apply skills in their respective disciplines while offering a valuable service to the Oregon nonprofit community.

Student teams work with selected Oregon nonprofit organizations (NPOs). The clinic’s focus is to:

  • conduct an organizational assessment of the NPO and prepare a written report and in‐person presentation of assessment findings, and
  • facilitate a dialogue between the NPO’s Executive Director and Board of Directors regarding recommendations, including the development of an action plan addressing ways to strengthen the organization.

IMG_0284Each student is assigned to a team that works with three nonprofit organizations, supported by an experienced consultant. Following a training period that includes two weekend days early in the semester, students gather information via document review and an initial meeting (on site if possible) with board and staff of each client organization.  After follow up interviews the team prepares a written report of its assessment and assembles a resource packet for the nonprofit’s use in implementing recommendations.  The report is presented at a final meeting with the executive director and board of directors and students assist the organization to evaluate which suggestions to prioritize.

A limited number of spaces are available; eight law, four CRES, and four PPPM students will be selected to participate.

Preferred Courses:

  • Law: Nonprofit Organizations
  • PPPM: One or more of the following: Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Board Governance, Financial Management, Nonprofit Management Consultancy, or Strategic Management & Planning
  • CRES: Managing Conflict in Organizations

Course Requirements:

  • Participate in trainings on January 17 and 24, 2015.
  • Attend team meetings on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and work independently producing material for delivery to client organizations.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly seminars held Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Attend nonprofit on‐site meetings.

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