Identify and analyze leadership and governance issues, create practical ways to improve board performance and work with boards to implement these improvements.

    The Improving Leadership and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations Specialization consists of three short online courses plus an applied learning Capstone Project on Coursera’s global online learning platform:

    (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.
    Complete Courses 1-3 and the Capstone Project to earn a Certificate from the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. To learn more about the specialization and online courses, please click here.

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    Board Checkup, Self-Assessment Software Services (SASS) Inc. is a Software as a Service (SaaS) Company with the mission of helping boards of directors of non-profit organizations self-regulate and improve leadership and governance effectiveness through the practice of online performance assessment. Launched in 2010 as a research intervention, use of the software results in significant change in leadership and governance practice and perceptions of board, organization, and leader effectiveness.