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Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

The Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Leadership and Governance

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 90 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Welcome to the video introducing this series of courses5m
Course 1 Overview Video9m
Week 1 Overview15m
Interview with Ruth McCambridge12m
Interview with Dr. Laura Schweitzer: Leadership and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations from a Practitioner Perspective43m
7 readings
Course 1 Teaching and Learning Overview10m
Required and Recommended Texts10m
Week 1 Key Questions and Competencies10m
Week 1 Readings and Resources10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Course Project Part II Guidance10m
1 practice exercise
Week 120m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Organizational Governance and Boards of Directors

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 34 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Interview with Prof Chris Cornforth on "Innovative Approaches and Perspectives to Nonprofit Governance"7m
5 readings
Week 2 Key Concepts and Competencies10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources:10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Course Project Part II Guidance10m
1 practice exercise
Week 222m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The Board's Role and Responsibilities

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 38 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Interview with Putnam Barber on Charitable Solicitations in the United States9m
Conceptual Framework of the Elements of Board Effectiveness7m
Professor Vic Murray summarizes the design of the board assessment1m
5 readings
Week 3 Key Questions and Competencies10m
Week 3 Readings and Resources10m
Discuss Case Study10m
Course Project Overview10m
Course Project Part II Guidance10m
1 practice exercise
Week 320m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Concept Testing and Application

3 hours to complete
2 practice exercises
Readiness Assurance Test (RAT)20m
RAT Application Exercise20m

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About the Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations 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....
Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations

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