This Specialization consists of three courses plus a Capstone Project: (1)Course 1 topics: The unique nature of the nonprofit sector in society; leadership in nonprofit organizations and the governance process. (2)Course 2 topics: The roles and responsibilities of nonprofit organization boards of directors and the challenges in carrying them out effectively. (3) Course 3 topics: The critical factors that impact the ability of the board to govern and how to intentionally change them into positive influences. The Capstone Project: How to help real boards overcome inertia and resistance to change and improve their governance effectiveness in an applied service learning experience. To learn more about the series of courses, please watch the Welcome Video: http://tinyurl.com/o3epxfo.
In this Specialization you will develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors expected of nonprofit organization leaders. Through a variety of teaching and learning methods that mirror how board members share information and boards make decisions, you will share this knowledge and experience with others, take tests, and participate in application exercises that relate to specific nonprofit leadership and governance concepts. By the end of the Specialization, you will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to help a real board solve practical problems in governance. This Specialization is designed for aspiring nonprofit leaders, board members, executive directors, staff, consultants and anyone who interacts with nonprofit organization boards of directors on a regular basis. This Specialization is designed for anyone who is currently acting as board members or officers of nonprofit organizations; working at an executive level in nonprofit organizations of all types; supporting or interacting with boards of directors of nonprofit organizations; aspiring to move into top management or governance positions in nonprofit organizations; and/or is in the start-up phase of forming or incorporating a nonprofit organization. By the time you complete this Specialization you will: 1) understand how the governance of nonprofit organizations works; 2) understand the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors and chief executive officers (CEOs) in advancing the mission of the organization; 3) diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of any given board’s governance behavior and practices; 4) work with a real board or with information gathered from a board in achieving intentional changes in governance behavior and practices.