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Maximize Nonprofit Organizations with Effective Board Governance

An effective governance board is essential to every nonprofit, yet many organizations struggle to get it right. If a board isn’t working, in all likelihood, the organization will not be successful. Board = leadership, and it’s critical that both board and staff members have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities, and legal duties. Governance, when done properly, maximizes the success of the nonprofit organization. Using case studies, readings, real-world scenarios, and active class discussion, this course will delineate a nonprofit board’s roles, responsibilities, and legal duties. Also, it will cover the chief executive’s role and responsibilities, as well as a board’s management of the CEO, and look at current trends and opportunities to promote effective governance. Critical areas to be discussed include fiduciary responsibility, risk assessment, conflicts of interest, reputational damage, leadership turnover, and board engagement. Also, learn how to recruit and retain diverse board talent and how to make sure the board chair and chief executive work in concert to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Note: Full participation in Maximize Nonprofit Organizations with Effective Board Governance is applicable for 12 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

  • A clear understanding of responsibilities (legal, moral and ethical) and duties of the board and the chief executive
  • Knowledge of how to structure, leverage, and manage the board to maximize its effectiveness
  • The skills to minimize or eliminate risks and hazards, such as conflict of interest and reputational damage, through effective board governance
  • An understanding of best practices of board governance and how to implement these practices

Ideal for

  • Board chairs
  • New board members
  • Volunteers aspiring to have a leadership role on a board
  • Volunteers aspiring to join a board
  • Chief executive officers (executive directors, presidents)
  • Senior nonprofit leaders aspiring to hold an executive role in the future
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