More Effective Leadership and Governance for Nonprofit Organizations is a Specialisation dedicated to participants who are currently employed in high-level management roles in nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. The Specialisation, which is offered by the State University of New York, requires the pacrticipants to complete a series of 3 courses and one facilitated project. Those who successfully complete all of the requirements receive a certificate from the university upon completion.
The first course participants engage with is Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organizations, Nonprofit Leadership and Governance, which provides a broad overview of what nonprofit organizations are and how they are managed effectively. This course has a duration of five weeks and includes videos, readings, interactive quizzes and writing assignments.
Next the participants take part in The Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards of Directors within the Governance Process, a five-week course that requires 5 to 7 hours of study per week to complete. This course delves into what the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations do and what makes them effective.
The final course in the series is The Factors that Influence the Effectiveness of Boards and the Governance Process. This course focuses on what external and internal factors contribute to the success of nonprofit boards and successful nonprofit management teams. The participants will spend 7 to 10 hours watching videos, completing readings, taking quizzes, writing short essays and engaging in discussions to complete the course.
After all coursework has been completed, students in the More Effective Leadership and Governance for Nonprofit Organizations program complete a capstone project. The project requires participants to research a real non-profit organization’s board of directors and to do a careful analysis of its strengths and weaknesses. The participants have 8 weeks to finish all of the phases of the project.
This specialisation requires a monthly course fee of £ 30,00 per month. Financial Aid is available for learners who cannot afford the fee.