Law, Ethics, and Board Governance in Nonprofit Organizations

Examine institutions, processes, and policies related to ethical behavior, legal compliance, and effective governance in the nonprofit sector. Boards of directors have ultimate responsibility in this regard; they are the last stop in the chain of accountability. But staff members, as well, must be aware of their obligations. Themes include the nonprofit board of directors (structures, functions, roles, and responsibilities), federal regulations, New York State regulations, financial oversight, and ethics in the nonprofit sector. In addition to practical matters, address theoretical questions, such as what constitutes an ethical culture, whether self-regulation works, and what the future holds for nonprofit governance.

  • Governance and board directors 
  • The practice of governance 
  • Federal law and nonprofit organizations 
  • State law and nonprofit organizations 
  • Ethics and the nonprofit sector 
  • Case studies in ethical decision making

This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in Fundraising . Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program.
Note: Full participation in Law, Ethics, and Board Governance in Philanthropic Organizations is applicable for 18 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to protect donor interests
  • Knowledge of how to be accountable to donors and the public
  • An understanding of federal laws affecting the nonprofit sector and the responsible agencies
  • Applied knowledge of ethical decision making

Ideal for

  • Fundraisers
  • Nonprofit volunteers

1 section

  • Fall 2022

    • Section

    • Semester

      Fall 2022
    • Date

      Nov 8 - Dec 13
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Higdon, Timothy
    • Location

      Instructor Led