About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

ManagementCorporate Governance

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance

4.4
118 ratings
31 reviews
Course2

The Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards of Directors within the Governance Process

4.5
51 ratings
10 reviews
Course3

The Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Boards and the Governance Process

4.6
37 ratings
6 reviews
Course4

Capstone - Managing Board Change for Higher Levels of Leadership and Governance Effectiveness

4.0
7 ratings
1 reviews

Instructors

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Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD

Associate Professor and Director
Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN)
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Prof. Vic Murray, PhD

Adjunct Professor
School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, and may be taken at any time. To register for the Capstone Project, all three Specialization courses must be completed.

  • This Specialization is designed for those with an interest in the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organizations, leadership and governance. This specialization is designed for students preparing for careers in the nonprofit sector and for those already in the sector looking for professional development and continuing education in the area of nonprofit governance. This specialization is intended for students of Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy, Public Administration and Business Administration. It will also appeal to board members, executive managers, staff and external stakeholders who interact with boards on a regular basis.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You will develop the leadership competencies that will enable you to help boards achieve higher levels of effectiveness.

  • Access to a computer, Internet, word processing and excel spreadsheet applications.

  • Learn about the governance of nonprofit organizations and help a board of directors assess and improve its governance effectiveness.

  • Knowledge and expertise of a critical function often ignored in nonprofit leadership courses.

  • Interest in the subject matter, professionalism, and proficiency in oral and written communication.

  • Download the course Open textbook and tool to review the course content and applied capstone service learning experience.

  • Office suite with word processing and spreadsheet application to analyze and visualize data to complete assignments and produce a high quality professional consulting report for a board of directors.

  • There is potential to earn professional development units and UAlbany, SUNY academic credit for completing the specialization (3 courses and capstone project).

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