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UConn Nonprofit Adjunct Teaching Position


Adjunct Instructor


The Department of Public Policy seeks an adjunct instructor to teach Grantwriting and Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations. This graduate course will be taught face-to-face in a classroom at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford campus in the Spring semester 2014 (January 21-May 13, 2014). The course will be offered once a week in the evening (either 4pm-6:30pm or 6:30pm-9:00pm). The class is planned to be converted to online in future semesters.


Grantwriting and Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations


This course provides the student with essential knowledge and practice fundamentals for developing a revenue portfolio for a nonprofit organization. This includes the capacity to assess revenue needs and discern between revenue stream options in order to match and support the mission and structure of the nonprofit. Along with instruction of key philanthropic vehicles, specific emphasis will be placed on grant writing and government contracting.


Planned Key Learning Objectives of Course


Strategic Thinking

  • History of nonprofit funding, assessment of current state of affairs and future trends.
  • Strategic thinking in creating a healthy revenue stream portfolio for a nonprofit.
  • Assessing revenue needs and options of a nonprofit.
  • Incorporating marketing and community reporting into a revenue development plan.
  • Implications (legal and tax) and benefits of fee-for-service, cause marketing, business partnerships and social enterprise unrelated income ventures.
  • Ethics, communicating with donors and other issues in fundraising.



  • Philanthropic revenue strategies; including individual mass appeal donations, direct response, online giving and giving circles.
  • Individual donor philanthropic strategies; including planned giving, endowments and other major gift vehicles.
  • Capital and Annual Campaign management.


Government Contracting

  • Understanding the implications (pros and cons) of government contracting.
  • Effective government RFP and grant research strategies.
  • Strategies in responding to a government contracting RFP


Grant Writing (private foundation and corporation)           

  • Research strategies and understanding of donor software options.
  • RFP response strategies.
  • Grant writing skills and strategies.



  • Basic principles of evaluation and assessment of revenue plans and strategies.
  • Developing evaluation criteria and rubrics for grant applications.


Core Student Learning Assessments Planned

Students demonstrate competencies by:

  • Developing a revenue assessment and strategy plan for a nonprofit.    
  • Researching and writing a response to a private or government grant or RFP.



  • Design and teach course.
  • Participate in teaching evaluation and assessment activities.
  • Be available for meetings with students.
  • Be prompt and responsive to student inquiries.



  • MPA, MBA or master degree in related field with five years or more of demonstrated expertise in the field of nonprofit resource development, with specific expertise in grant writing and state/federal government contracting.
  • Bachelor degree with ten years of the above experience and expertise will be considered.
  • Excellent teaching skills.



  • Interest and or experience in teach online.
  • Ph.D. in philanthropy, nonprofit management, public affairs, public administration or other terminal degree in related field.



Compensation is $5,000 per course for each semester taught.



Please contact Dr. David Garvey by email with a resume and statement of interest.


David Garvey, Ph.D.

Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program

Department of Public Policy

University of Connecticut

Greater Hartford Campus

Ph. 860-570-9087


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community. We actively encourage women, people with disabilities, and members of minority groups to apply.


The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.



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