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State University of New York

Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations

State University of New York and Luther College at the University of Regina via Coursera Specialization


Identify and analyze leadership and governance issues, create practical ways to improve board performance and work with boards to implement these improvements. 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.


Course 1: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
- This course introduces you to the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, and the concepts of leadership and governance. While this ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: The Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards of Directors within the Governance Process
- This course provides a more in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors in the governance of nonprofit ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: The Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Boards and the Governance Process
- The third course in this Specialization introduces you to the factors that influence how effective boards of directors will be in carrying ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Capstone - Managing Board Change for Higher Levels of Leadership and Governance Effectiveness
- The Capstone Project is a service learning experience designed to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the three Specialization ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Prof. Vic Murray, PhD and Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD


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