Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations

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Course Description

In your mission field you will see many needs. Some of those needs are best met by forming a charitable organisation/non-governmental organisation (NGO). This course will provide you with the basics of forming an NGO, establishing governance, developing strategy as well as on-going management of an NGO. Students will be taught theory yet will also be expected to put theory into practice by developing actual documentation for an NGO s/he is currently contemplating forming or a fictitious NGO. Students will have the opportunity to practice facilitating their strategy formation in the ‘safe’ environment of the classroom so that s/he will have learned from the typical mistakes before s/he needs to do it in the real world. 


​You will:


  • Understand principles of when and how to form an NGO.

  • Learn how to establish governance of an NGO including the fundamentals of board management.

  • Learn how to create and maintain the organisational culture which best suits your particular charitable organisation.

  • Understand the difference between governance and management including who is responsible for what and how to ensure people ‘stay in their respective lanes’, even for those people who serve in roles for both governance and management.

  • Discover how to create meeting agendas and facilitate meetings that get results.

  • Learn how to develop strategy—from Mission, Vision and Values to multi-year objectives to short-term operational plans.

  • Learn tactics of how to measure and monitor long-, medium-, and short-term strategy that focuses people’s efforts.

  • Understand the basics of developing role descriptions that aid in keeping people focused on what is important.


  • In-person at SJRC

  • Online


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.​


To earn a certificate in Non-Profit Management and Governance from SJRC, students must complete a minimum of eight courses throughout the summer and fall sessions in 2021. Classes marked with an asterisk* are required for this certificate. 

Summer Session 1
June 1st – July 16th

  • FC100 Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations*

  • CS100 Identification and Intervention in the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

  • OC100 Core Principles of Orphan Care & Orphan Care Systems

Summer Session 2 
July 26th – September 3rd

  • CS200 Standard Operating Procedures for Shelters and Rehabilitation Programmes*

  • PC100 Core Principles of Community Strengthening

  • GM100 Introduction to Gospel Mission

Fall Session 1 
September 13th – October 22nd

  • PC200 Community-Based Organisation*

  • CS300 Frameworks and Interventions for Trauma-Informed Care (must take CS100 or OC100 as a prerequisite)

  • GM200 Innovations in Gospel Mission (must take GM100 as a prerequisite)

Fall Session 2 
November 1st – December 10th

  • FC200 Programme Evaluation*

  • CS400 Assault Crisis Training

  • OC200 Training Caregivers of At-Risk Children (must take OC100 or CS100 as a prerequisite)


Summer short course and fall semester students must be currently enrolled in or have completed courses at an accredited college, university, or other higher education institution in sociology, economics, anthropology, international development, or related field. Students who have completed first, second, third, and fourth year undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs may be accepted into both the summer short course and fall semester courses. 

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