The paper explores the research literature, examines the background and current

The paper explores the research literature, examines the background and current relevance of the topic, and uses that research to draw specific conclusions about how the topic or person has advanced and/or influenced the current and future nonprofit sector in the United States.
The basic approach (for this or most any paper) is to pose a question (that you do not know the answer to) and then do research to find out an answer. The paper is the presentation of your answer
The topic could either be an issue of interest that affects or involves the nonprofit and voluntary sector or explores a particular biographical aspect of an individual who was or is an important figure in the development of the nonprofit sector in the United States.
NP Sector Issue papers could include exploring a course topic in greater depth or investigating a topic on the nonprofit and voluntary sector and/or on philanthropy not addressed in this course.
The exact format and structure of the paper is essentially up to you. It will depend on the nature of the topic, the kind of question you pose, and the conclusions or answers you get (or hope to get). But here is a general structure that can apply to (many) papers.
Introduction – Outline your initial question, identify why you want to know the answer to the question (the “So What?” of the paper), and summarize your answer that the paper will present.
Literature Review – A summary of research that has already been done on the topic – or of the sources you used to gather the information.
Methodology – How you went about researching your topic and identifying your answer.
Findings – What your research discovered – and why you reached the conclusions you did. This is the central section of the paper – your “argument” that defends your answers or conclusions.
Conclusion – A summary of your paper and its findings. Include next steps that could be taken – “For Further Research”.
PLEAST NOTE: The above structure should NOT be simply copied as a “definitive” template for your particular paper! It’s simply suggested as one possible format . . . and outlines possible sections of a paper.