This course explores how the concept of contemporary nonprofit governance today is changing to meet increased needs for community and organizational leadership in the face of rapid social and economic change. In this course, you will learn how to strengthen the boards capacity to lead, by defining what it means to govern and by increasing the effectiveness of boards and individual members to meet those shifting demands. Special emphasis will be given to the board-CEO relationship.
This course is highly recommended for individuals who are or desire to be engaged as executive directors, development directors, and senior management staff, as well as board members.
This intensive five-week course explores the following topics:
The Board Bottom Line
The Right People
The Right Work
The Board-CEO Relationship
Boards as Boundary-Spanners
Special features of this course:
A weekly Resource Center provides carefully tailored readings and other resources
Studio activities provide opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills
Problem-based learning activities
In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of nonprofit leadership and governance
Small class size of 25 participants
What you and your organization will gain from this course:
Articulate a holistic understanding of the responsibilities assigned to nonprofit boards.
Assess board recruitment needs, including a range of diversity criteria, and develop a basic plan for meeting those needs.
Reflect critically on, and articulate, key challenges to contemporary nonprofit governance and their potential impacts on local boards, their organizations, and their communities.
Identify the key challenges to building an effective board-CEO relationship and strategies to address them.
Understand nonprofit governance as community leadership.
This is an instructor-led course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires active participation on discussion boards and completion of assigned projects. We estimate spending an average of 8 10 hours per week on each Certificate in Nonprofit Management course. For this reason we highly recommend students participate in no more than two CNM courses at a time.