AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture is offering a fully online class for current and would-be managers of non-for-profit organizations relating to food access, distribution, and production. STOCKSCH 354 – Non-profit Management for Community Food and Farm Programs will run from December 26 to January 19, 2019 and will discuss the foundations of non-profit work including how to start your own non-profit organization.
Participants in the class will research and review how to plan and implement successful programs; how to find the funds to execute your mission; and how to work with members of the community to reach your goals. From grant writing and fundraising to advocacy and marketing, this course introduces the basics of how community-based non-profits are on the forefront of sustainable and local food initiatives across the country.
Non-profit organizations are a strong voice for the local food movement. This is true for those looking to build a new community garden, change city policy for backyard chickens, improve working conditions for farmworkers, or establish a neighborhood food bank. At a time when some government agencies are backing away from programs at the local level, non-profits are ever more critical.
This course is taught by Ms. Jennifer Santry who has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years as an environmental educator, land and animal conservationist, and local food advocate. She received her Master’s in Non-profit Management from Regis University and has served as the Community Programs Director in Summit County CO.
All online classes offered as part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Program at UMass Amherst are college level classes that may be transferred to other universities or count toward the 15-credit Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming or either the fully online Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degrees offered by UMass. Online classes cost $482 per credit and more information on this class is available at: https://onlinesustfoodfarm.com/nonprofit-management/.
–University of Massachusetts Amherst
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
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