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Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 1 day
The board of a nonprofit organization can be among its greatest assets. Yet as many senior executives know from experience, boards often fall short. The press of short-term issues, troubling group dynamics, and the ambivalence of even the best executives all can interfere with a board’s capacity to engage in meaningful and consequential governance.  


Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board is an online program designed specifically for executives in nonprofit and non-governmental organizations who want to tap into the full array of talent and energy within their boards. Organized around a conceptual framework for overcoming the “micro-governing” that so often leads to low-value, high-maintenance boards, the program will help participants understand how both boards and executives can reframe their work to support more effective and consequential governance. Students should therefore expect to work with tools for analyzing and developing their own leadership.

Building on this conceptual reframing of governance, participants will explore practical strategies and techniques for improving their organizations’ governance. Many board development resources are focused on the technical or legal aspects of governance, aimed at keeping the organization and its board out of harm’s way. Governance as Leadership accepts mastery of these competencies as a given, and focuses instead on how to engage a board in ways that will strengthen its organization and improve its strategies. Throughout the course, special emphasis will be given to the distinctive challenges of senior executives in helping their boards perform better, including the ambivalence of executives themselves, who often want greater board engagement but worry about creating intrusive boards that undermine their leadership.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • A Guiding Conceptual Framework: Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board
  • Identifying and Responding to Practice Challenges 
  • The Challenge for Executive Leaders
  • Simulation: Case Study of a Difficult Board Situation
  • Action Planning

    English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    • Admission to this online program is competitive and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Though there is no formal educational requirement, fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement for the program.
    • Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Early application is encouraged as qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis and programs often fill quickly. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class. 

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      2000 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2000 USD per module and a duration of 1 days.
    • National Applies to you

      2000 USD/module
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2000 USD per module and a duration of 1 days.
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