Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations

This course explores how the concept of governance today is changing with an increased emphasis on leadership in the face of rapid social and economic change. Learn to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of a nonprofit board as you survey board roles and responsibilities, governance structure, board recruitment and retention and much more.

Topics Covered:

  • Nonprofit Governance Essentials: Building a Knowledge Base
  • Nonprofit Governance in Transition
  • Board Structure and Infrastructure
  • Recruiting Orienting and Retaining New Board Members
  • Toward Increased Board Effectiveness: Where do we go from here?

Course Benefits:

What you and your organization will gain from this course:

  • Identify generally accepted roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and differentiate between those of board and staff
  • Discuss the need for “transformative governance” in the face of complex challenges facing nonprofits today
  • Determine how board committee structure and roles might change in a nonprofit organization’s life cycle
  • Customize board composition and diversity in the context of a specific nonprofit organization
  • Identify strategies to implement and measure “governance as leadership” in an organization

Special Features:

  • A weekly Resource Center provides carefully tailored readings and other resources
  • Studio” activities provide opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to cultivate practical skills
  • Original case studies and problem-based learning activities
  • In-depth weekly discussions on the real-life challenges and opportunities of nonprofit governance management
  • Small class size of 25 participants

Who Should Attend:

Course topics and learning activities are specifically targeted to leadership and managers who are charged with sustaining a knowledge base, recruiting and retaining board members.


This is an instructor-facilitated course delivered entirely online. It is highly interactive and requires active participation on discussion boards and completion of assigned projects. There are no real-time class meetings. Students work at times that are convenient for them within the weekly schedule of activities. We estimate spending an average of 8 – 10 hours per week on each Certificate in Nonprofit Management course. The time commitment will vary depending the individual’s input, needs, and personal study habits. For this reason, we highly recommend students participate in no more than two CNM courses at a time.

Note: This is a tech-enhanced course that requires access to Blackboard, a course management system used by UIC. In order to complete registration, you must submit proof of identity to secure your unique NetID (username).

Contact Hours: 40

Section 0418
April 5 – May 9, 2018
Course Fee: $550
Fees for all five-week CNM courses are $550 if you register at least two weeks prior to the start of the course, and $600 if you register after that time. The course fee will be raised on March 22, 2018.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Location: Online

Cancellation/Refund Policy