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Entrepreneurship in Nonprofits

University of Basel via FutureLearn


Learn about economic tools to become a successful social entrepreneur.

Nonprofit organizations operate globally in many areas. They address societal issues in fields like health, culture and arts, environment, education and research. With their work, they make a significant contribution to sustainable social and ecological development. This course provides you with the economic tools and knowledge that are needed to become a successful social entrepreneur. It gives you an introduction to the topics that need to be addressed in order to make informed decisions in nonprofits, and it asks you to look upon your own practices in order to critically reflect your learnings.

This course is intended for anyone interested in the topics of social entrepreneurship and dedicated people who work in the nonprofit sector or would like to do so. You don’t need prior knowledge of the economic tools that are needed to apply entrepreneurship in nonprofits - this course addresses non-professionals as well as NPO executives and employees and students of economics and management at BA and MA level.


  • Organizational theories and entrepreneurship
    • Challenging the future of nonprofits
    • Understanding organizations: path dependency theory
    • Understanding organizations: institutional isomorphism, self regulation and resource dependency theory
    • Understanding organizations: an expert’s opinion
  • Social entrepreneurship
    • What is a social enterprise?
    • What makes a social entrepreneur successful?
    • Strategies for the future development of nonprofits
  • Introduction to social innovation
    • The concept of social innovation
    • Social innovation in practice
    • Your own social innovation model
  • New financing models
    • The challenges of nonprofit finance
    • Managing finances within nonprofits
    • Impact investing
  • Impact measurement
    • Are we really making a change?
    • Impact measurement
    • Farewell

Taught by

Georg von Schnurbein


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  • Anonymous
    Well structured course that covers both theoretical and practical knowledge on how to make nonprofits more entrepreneurial. The videos are activating and well done.

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