BPV_ERNO Economy and Management of Non-profit Organizations

Faculty of Economics and Administration
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Ing. Vladimír Hyánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Jakub Pejcal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Vladimír Hyánek, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Jakub Pejcal, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Střížová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Ing. Vladimír Hyánek, Ph.D.
Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Contact Person: Jana Biskupová
Supplier department: Department of Public Economics – Faculty of Economics and Administration
Tue 8:00–9:50 P103, except Tue 2. 4.
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
BPV_ERNO/01: Wed 8:00–9:50 P403, except Wed 3. 4., V. Hyánek, J. Pejcal
BPV_ERNO/02: Wed 12:00–13:50 S311, except Wed 3. 4., V. Hyánek, J. Pejcal
BPV_ERNO/03: Tue 12:00–13:50 P403, except Tue 2. 4., V. Hyánek, J. Pejcal
BPV_ERNO/04: Tue 16:00–17:50 P104, except Tue 2. 4., V. Hyánek, J. Pejcal
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 120 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 117/120, only registered: 2/120, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 1/120
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course focuses on a practical analysis of the specific characteristics of non-profit sector organisations, based on various types of their activity and methods of their funding, and presented through the following topics: reasons of existence, typology of organisations, mission, functions, processes, complex economy - utility, performances, costs, receipts, calculations, prices, taxes; norms, provisions, limits, standards; budgeting, fundraising; investment, innovation, efficiency, management - planning, organising, control, personnel policy, leadership, external environment - marketing;
Students will be able to understand and explain the specifics of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit institutions, including the managerial, financial and marketing methods and instruments.
Students will be able to define, analyse and judge the relations among particular sectors.
According to the character of the nonprofit subjects they should be able to make reasoned decisions about fundraising strategies, efficiency improvement and managing the volunteers.
Students will be also able to evaluate the financial and social sustainibility of the concrete organization.
The subject matter of lectures is developed further in seminars, and illustrated with concrete cases of different non-profit organisations. Prerequisites for studying the subject include Public Economics , Economics of the Public Sector and partly Corporate Economics (comparison of running a company in profit and non-profit sectors).
Learning outcomes
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:;
- explain the principles of behavior and the functions of a nonprofit organization;
- explain the basic principles and problems of the theoretical approaches to the non-profit sector;
- understand the principles of financing the non-profit sector;
- design an optimal sustainable marketing and fundraising strategy;
- orientate themselves in a complex field of social and economic relations involving non-profit organizations;
- establish a non-profit organization or a social enterprise;
- create a project proposal or an application for the financial support;
  • 1. Basic information about the course. Specification of the position of the non-profit sector within the national economy. Various approaches to this subject.
  • 2. Non-profit sector history. Economic theories of the non-profit sector.
  • 3. NPOs in the international perspective. Economic indicators, employment, regional patterns.
  • 4. Mission, goals and activities of the non-profit sector.
  • 5. Foundations and endowement funds; legislative framework, perspectives.
  • 6. Public benefit corporations and church-run organizations.
  • 7. Non-profit organizations financing. Government grant policy towards the non-profit sector.
  • 8. Fundraising, writing up grant proposals.
  • 9. Management, marketing and PR. Strategic planning of NPOs.
  • 10. Acounting, taxing, auditing.
  • 11. Voluntary work within the non-profit sector.
  • 12. Workshop with the expert (manager) from selected NGO.
  • Lectures and seminars take place according to the given topics. Control tests at week 7 and week 12 are required (see course completion conditions).
  • The seminars are divided into twelve blocks.
    required literature
  • ANHEIER, Helmut K and Stefan TOEPLER. Nonprofit organizations: Theory, management, policy. Routledge, 2023. ISBN 978-1-138-62548-8. info
    recommended literature
  • SKOVAJSA, Marek. Občanský sektor : organizovaná občanská společnost v České republice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2010, 372 s. ISBN 9788073676810. URL info
  • HYÁNEK, Vladimír. Neziskové organizace: teorie a mýty. (Nonprofit Organizations: Theories and Myths). 1st ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2011, 132 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-5651-0. Available from: https://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CZ.MUNI.M210-5651-2011. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, group projects, readings, online consultations
Assessment methods
Credit requirements include elaborating a management project in a selected non-profit organization. The course is concluded with an oral exam. Students are eligible to take the exam provided that they fulfill the condition of writing and presenting a seminar paper.
Students are required to pass a midterm and final tests to be eligible to take the oral exam.
If students commit a prohibited act, such as using various forbidden tools, cribbing, taking out any part of the exam or any other cheating, the teacher is allowed to interrupt an exam and to grade a student with F, FF or FFF according to the seriousness of the offence. The mentioned procedure relates to all the activities that are included in the final evaluation of the course (seminar work, essays, tests etc.).
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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