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Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization

More Effective Leadership and Governance for Nonprofit Organizations

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  • Specialization via Coursera and State University of New York
  • $196 for 4-6 months
  • 2 courses + capstone project
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Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations
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Overview
Develop leadership to help boards of directors of nonprofit organizations improve their governance effectiveness in a series of specially designed ualbany courses.
Credential Type
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Cost
$196
Duration
4-6 months

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.

Incentives & Benefits

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.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop knowledge of the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, leadership and organizational governance.
  • Learn the basic elements that shape the effectiveness of nonprofit organization boards of directors, how to diagnose effectiveness challenges and overcome them.
  • Develop your skills as a change agent by working with a real board of directors, or with information gathered from a real board, to implement improvements derived from your analysis of their situation.

Recommended Background

    ★★★☆☆ (1) 5 weeks 3rd Jun, 2019
    This course introduces you to the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, and the concepts of leadership and governance. While this course has been developed with North American culture in mind, we do appreciate that in other parts of the world the nature of the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, nonprofit leadership and governance may not be the same. Nevertheless, it is our hope that much of the course content will still be of value to those in other parts of the world. <br /> <br /> To learn more about this course, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://goo.gl/YMg1Qd.<br /> <br /> Keywords: Nonprofit; Nonprofit Sector; Voluntary Sector; Nonprofit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations, Leadership, Management, Governance, Board, Board of Directors, Performance, Effectiveness<br /> <br /> Course 1 Overview: <br /> <br /> Week 1: Some of the questions you will explore this week are: What is the nonprofit sector and why does it exist? What are the unique characteristics of nonprofit organizations? What are the trends and emerging issues facing organizations in the nonprofit sector?<br /> <br /> Week 2: Questions to be explored this week are: What is leadership at the governance level and how is it different from management? What is good governance and why does it matter? What is a board of directors?<br /> <br /> Week 3: This week's questions: What roles do board members play in nonprofit organizations? Broadly speaking, what are boards responsible for and how do they go about their work? What are some of the issues that challenge the board's ability to go its work?<br /> <br /> Week 4: At this stage, you are asked to review the course content, submit a written assignment (known lightheartedly as a BEAR (Board Effectiveness Readiness Assessment), and take two multiple choice Readiness Assurance Tests (known similarly as RATs). One RAT will assess knowledge and reading comprehension and the other will test application of knowledge within a practical case. <br /> <br /> Week 5: We will encourage you to discuss the RATs in the discussion forums and take them again should you wish to change any of your answers based on the information exchanged.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5 weeks 15th May, 2019
    This course provides a more in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors in the governance of nonprofit organizations. While the course has been developed with North American culture in mind, we do appreciate that in other parts of the world, the nature of the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors may not be the same. Nevertheless,it is our hope that much of the course content will still be of value to those in other parts of the world. <br /> <br /> To learn more about this course, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://goo.gl/SXZEZS.<br /> <br /> Keywords: Nonprofit; Nonprofit Sector; Voluntary Sector; Nonprofit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations, Leadership, Management, Governance, Board, Board of Directors, Performance, Effectiveness<br /> <br /> Course 2 Overview: <br /> <br /> Week 1: Some of the questions to be explored this week are: What is the board's role in planning for the organization's future and why is it important for nonprofit organizations to do it? What is strategic planning and what can boards do to carry this out effectively? <br /> <br /> Week 2: This week's questions: What is the board's role in assessing the performance of the organization? Why is performance assessment important? Why do many boards have difficulty meeting their performance assessment responsibilities? <br /> <br /> Week 3: This week's questions: What are the elements of the fundraising/resource development process? What is the board's role in ensuring the organization has adequate funding? What information should be in a resource development plan? <br /> <br /> Week 4: At this stage, you are asked to review the course content, submit a written assignment (known lightheartedly as a BEAR (Board Effectiveness Readiness Assessment), and take two multiple choice Readiness Assurance Tests (known similarly as RATs). One RAT will assess knowledge and reading comprehension and the other will test application of knowledge within a practical case. <br /> <br /> Week 5: We will encourage you to discuss the RATs in the discussion forums and take them again should you wish to change any of your answers based on the information exchanged.
    ☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5 weeks 3rd Jun, 2019
    The third course in this Specialization introduces you to the factors that influence how effective boards of directors will be in carrying out their roles and responsibilities and hence the impact they have in shaping the success of the organization they govern. While this course has been developed with North American culture in mind, we do appreciate that, in other parts of the world, the nature of the factors that influence the effectiveness of nonprofit boards of directors may vary. Nevertheless,it is our hope that much of the course content will still be of value to those in other parts of the world. <br /> <br /> To learn more about this course, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://goo.gl/aAMIfl.<br /> <br /> Keywords: Nonprofit; Nonprofit Sector; Voluntary Sector; Nonprofit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations, Leadership, Management, Governance, Board, Board of Directors, Performance, Effectiveness<br /> <br /> Course 3 Overview: <br /> <br /> Week 1: This week's questions: What factors influence the effectiveness of board meetings? What are the formal procedures and structures within the board that impact its performance? What can a board do to intentionally improve the way it structures itself and runs its decision making meetings? <br /> <br /> Week 2: This week's questions: What do we mean by board composition and development and why is it important? Why is it difficult to change the composition of the board? How do you design the ideal mix of board members? How do you locate, recruit and develop board members? <br /> <br /> Week 3: This week's questions: What do we mean by the "culture" of the board and why is it important? How do boards develop and pass along culture? Can board cultures be intentionally changed? What is the role of leadership in shaping board culture? What do effective nonprofit leaders involved in governance do? How can leadership be managed for higher performance?<br /> <br /> Week 4: At this stage, you are asked to review the course content, submit a written assignment (known lightheartedly as a BEAR (Board Effectiveness Readiness Assessment), and take two multiple choice Readiness Assurance Tests (known similarly as RATs). One RAT will assess knowledge and reading comprehension and the other will test application of knowledge within a practical case. <br /> <br /> Week 5: We will encourage you to discuss the RATs in the discussion forums and take them again should you wish to change any of your answers based on the information exchanged.
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