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2019 Capstone Project Proposals


The John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Program is accepting proposals from area nonprofit agencies for group project assignments for its capstone program. The capstone program is the culminating experience for Master of Nonprofit Administration students and the group projects are the centerpiece of the course. A group of three to four students works an average of five to 10 hours per week for 15 weeks (approximately 400 hours of work for the agency) to complete a project proposed by a nonprofit organization.

To be considered for this opportunity: Agencies are invited to submit a brief proposal of the desired project. The proposal should include:

  • The agency’s background, mission, vision, and values
  • Goals and metrics for the project
  • An overview and timeline
  • The benefit the students and agency will receive
  • The agency representative’s name, title, phone number, address, and email

The agency must also make available a representative who will do the following:

  • Meet with the students at the agency’s location before June 1
  • Attend a meeting at JCU, to be scheduled by the capstone professor
  • Review and agree to the memorandum of understanding
  • Be available by phone or email to answer student questions as the project progresses
  • Provide the students with any agency information necessary to complete the project
  • Attend the students’ presentation on August 13
Expectations of capstone students and professor

Students will work in groups of three to four to complete a deliverable of tangible value to area agencies. All projects will be supported by the capstone course instructor, the students, and relevant experts at John Carroll (e.g. for a marketing project, students will receive assistance on the project from a marketing professor in JCU’s Boler College of Business).

Students will be expected to:

  • contact their agencies and set up a time to meet at the agency to discuss the project and complete a site visit;
  • draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which the agency representative will review and approve; and
  • work on their projects for approximately five to 10 hours per week for 15 weeks (three to four students at eight hours per week for 15 weeks is approximately 400 hours of work for the agency)
Project selection

Project selection occurs in two steps:

  1. The NPA Faculty Advisory Committee reviews all proposals and selects those that best reflect the program’s learning objectives.
  2. Students choose from this smaller selection based on their personal interests and the interests of their group.
Timeframe for Projects

February 28: Deadline for agencies to submit their proposals to the Nonprofit Administration Program at

April 15: Projects will be selected by the Faculty Advisory Committee

May 14-17: Students will choose projects and begin to contact selected agencies. Agencies will be notified by the NPA department of their selection and team of students

May 20-24: Agency representatives will attend a meeting at JCU with the capstone professor

June 1: Students will have made a site visit to agencies to learn the agency’s project goals, mission, values, and organizational culture

Early June: Agencies and students will have agreed to a MOU for the project

August 13: In-class presentations to agency and University leadership

The capstone course will meet May 14 through August 13, during which time the projects will be completed.

For more information, please contact Director Dani Robbins at or at 216.397.1568.

We look forward to receiving your proposals for the 2019 Capstone class!

Past Capstone Projects

2018 Capstone Projects
2017 Capstone Projects
  • International Women’s Air and Space Museum: Students completed a marketing plan to coordinate current marketing activities and to provide new outlets for future marketing.
  • MedWish: Students conducted a feasibility study and create a business plan to expand the scope of programming.
  • One South Euclid: Students completed a strategic marketing plan.
2016 Capstone Projects
2015 Capstone Projects
  • Lake County YMCA Outdoor Family Center: Students constructed a survey and provided program recommendations to improve communication with clients.
  • Community Partnership on Aging: Students developed a marketing plan.
  • Progress with Chess: Students delivered research and recommendations to expand their marketing and funding.
  • Famicos Foundation: Students created a resource development plan and marketing plan to increase yearly funding and collaboration within the community.
  • YNPN Cleveland:Students researched and presented different types of entities and tax statuses options currently available.
2014 Capstone Projects
2013 Capstone Projects
2012 Capstone Projects
2011 Capstone Projects
2010 Capstone Projects
2009 Capstone Projects
  • Malachi House: Students helped increase name recognition among donors and referring agencies.
  • Ronald McDonald House: Students developed and conducted a survey on client satisfaction with family waiting rooms.
  • The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center: Students assessed why some youths are sentenced to detention facilities and some are not, as well as surveyed current detainees to see if the services they’re receiving are helpful and if other services are required.