Patricia Marrone Bennett, Angela Sun, Melissa Moore, Bill McConnell
To provide fellows with an understanding and appreciation of the unique organizational characteristics of the non-profit sector and community based organizations.
For this short course, it helps if the facilitators have a heavy background in community-based settings as opposed to academics. It’s best if instructors can use examples from their partnering agencies to illustrate the information from the course.
Field trips to non-profits – a range of different types – will help participants understand the different characteristics and types of non-profits. Additionally, hearing more from people who work in non-profits will boost participants’ understanding of the nuances of different CBOs.
Finally, Be aware that some participants may not be interested in pursuing a career in community based organizations, and therefore they may not seem to be interested in learning about how CBOs function. However, in order to facilitate constructive collaboration in CBPR, it is important for participants to have a basic understanding of how their community partner organization is structured.