Effective Leadership and Governance for Nonprofits. Develop leadership to help nonprofit organizations improve their governance effectiveness
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.
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
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.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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.
Do I have to take the courses in this Specialization in a specific order?
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Improving Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization?
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.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Improving Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization?
You will develop the leadership competencies that will enable you to help boards achieve higher levels of effectiveness.
What resources will I need for the courses?
Access to a computer, Internet, word processing and excel spreadsheet applications.
What will I do in the courses?
Learn about the governance of nonprofit organizations and help a board of directors assess and improve its governance effectiveness.
What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this specialization?
Knowledge and expertise of a critical function often ignored in nonprofit leadership courses.
What background is expected for learners in this specialization?
Interest in the subject matter, professionalism, and proficiency in oral and written communication.
Are there any resources I can consult to review prerequisites?
Download the course Open textbook and tool to review the course content and applied capstone service learning experience.
What software will I need to complete the assignments?
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.
Can I earn professional development units for completing the Specialization?
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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