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Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 90 days
The board of a nonprofit organization can be among its greatest assets. Yet, as you may have experienced, boards often fall short.
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  • The press of short-term issues. Troubling group dynamics. They all can interfere with a board’s capacity to engage in meaningful and consequential governance—and your ability to drive success for your organization.
  • But in Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board, you'll learn the practical skills and conceptual frameworks that will help you lead more engaged boards.
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  • Led by Professor William Ryan, Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board is a Harvard Kennedy School-designed online program designed specifically for executives in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations who want to tap into the full array of talent and energy within their boards.
  • This nonprofit board governance executive program is organized around a conceptual framework for overcoming the “micro-governing” that so often leads to low-value, high-maintenance boards. The program will help you understand how both all parties can reframe their work to support more effective and consequential governance.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 90 days
    • Duration description
      March 12 - May 11
  • Languages
    • English
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  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Based in part on Ryan’s book, Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, the program explores four key topics:
  • Key concepts of governance as leadership
  • Identifying and responding to practice challenges
  • Simulation: case study of a difficult board situation
  • The challenge for executive leaders

            English Language Requirements

            This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

            • Schedule a TOEFL® test
            • Schedule an IELTS test

            Academic Requirements

            Recommended applicants include:
            • New executives facing the challenge of working with and developing a board for the first time
            • Experienced executives who are frustrated that their high-potential boards are not sufficiently engaged in supporting the organization
            • New or experienced executives who recognize the value of a more engaged board but are apprehensive about the risks, including the possibility that the board will intrude on their management work or, for lack of knowledge, press for misguided strategies
            • Seasoned executives who are committed to continuous learning and board improvement
            • Senior executives who interact frequently with boards and are preparing to assume chief-executive responsibilities in the future

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International

                        2200 USD/module
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2200 USD per module and a duration of 90 days.
                      • National

                        2200 USD/module
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2200 USD per module and a duration of 90 days.
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