Karen Goldfeder

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Karen Goldfeder

Karen Goldfeder is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service.  She is also DoSomething.org’s Vice President of Business Development where she oversees all corporate partnerships at DoSomething.org, the global not-for-profit that empowers young people to take action around causes they are passionate about. With 5MM active members worldwide, DoSomething.org is the largest member organization for young people and social change.  While at DoSomething.org, Karen  has managed initiatives with Coca-Cola, CVS, ESPN, H&M, JetBlue, and other top youth brands.

Karen has been involved in not-for-profit management for over 10 years. Prior to her role with DoSomething.org, Karen served as Development Director for Second Stage and managed the Signature Theatre Company’s capital campaign to open a Frank Gehry-designed  theatre complex in Times Square. She currently serves on Gibney Dance’s Strategic Partnerships Committee and the Westside YMCA’s Community Outreach Committee.

Karen earned a BA from Boston College and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

This course is a general introduction to not-for-profit management, with heavy emphasis on practical application. How do not-for-profit organizations actually function? How do they attract “customers?” How do these companies grow when there are no owners with financial incentives to grow the business? What are the core elements of a “good” not-for-profit company? What are the metrics for determining the health of a company without profit?  And, what, exactly does not-for-profit even mean?

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