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2022 Capstone Project Proposals

The John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Program is accepting proposals from area nonprofits for group projects for its capstone class.

Please see the Request for Proposals (RFP) information below. Interested nonprofit agencies should submit their proposals by email to by 5:00pm on November 1st.

Last year, we had a tremendous response from the community. If you submitted a proposal and were not selected, please consider applying again.

Questions? Please contact Dani Robbins at or at (216) 397-1568.

We look forward to receiving your proposals for the 2022 Capstone class!


The John Carroll University Nonprofit Administration Program is accepting proposals from area nonprofits for group projects for its capstone class. The capstone project 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 ten 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 (one project per agency). The proposal should be saved under “Your Agency’s Name Capstone Proposal 2022” and include:

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

If selected to move forward, the agency must make available a representative to:

  • Present the project to students during class, at the beginning of the semester

  • Meet with the students at the agency’s location before early February

  • Attend a meeting at JCU, to be scheduled by the capstone professor

  • Review and agree to the memorandum of understanding

  • Provide any agency information necessary to complete the project

  • Be available by phone or email to answer questions

  • Attend the students’ presentation in Mid-May

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.

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
  • work on their projects for approximately five to ten hours per week for fifteen weeks (three to four students at eight hours per week for 15 weeks is approximately 400 hours of work for the agency)

Project selection occurs in two steps:

  1. The NPA Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) 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.

November 1st, 5:00pm: Deadline for agencies to submit their proposals to the Nonprofit Administration Program at

December 1st: Projects will be selected by the Faculty Advisory Committee

December 15th: Agencies notified

First day of class: Agencies will be invited to come and present their project to students after the FAC has the picked first round of projects.

Afterwards, 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 later that week.

By the end of January: Agency representatives will attend a meeting at JCU with the capstone professor

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

Mid-February: Agencies and students will have agreed to a memorandum of understanding for the project

Mid-May: In-class presentations to agency and university leadership

The capstone course will meet spring semester of 2022. 

Past 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Contact Us:

Dani Robbins
Director, Nonprofit Administration
(216) 397-1568,

Colleen Sommerfeld
Assistant Dean for Graduate
Recruitment and Retention
(216) 397-4902,