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The Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards of Directors within the Governance Process

Improving Leadership & Governance in Nonprofit Organizations,

This course provides a more in-depth look at the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors in the governance of nonprofit organizations. While the course has been developed with North American culture in mind, we do appreciate that in other parts of the world, the nature of the roles and responsibilities of boards of directors may not be the same. Nevertheless,it is our hope that much of the course content will still be of value to those in other parts of the world. To learn more about this course, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://goo.gl/SXZEZS. Keywords: Nonprofit; Nonprofit Sector; Voluntary Sector; Nonprofit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations, Leadership, Management, Governance, Board, Board of Directors, Performance, Effectiveness Course 2 Overview: Week 1: Some of the questions to be explored this week are: What is the board's role in planning for the organization's future and why is it important for nonprofit organizations to do it? What is strategic planning and what can boards do to carry this out effectively? Week 2: This week's questions: What is the board's role in assessing the performance of the organization? Why is performance assessment important? Why do many boards have difficulty meeting their performance assessment responsibilities? Week 3: This week's questions: What are the elements of the fundraising/resource development process? What is the board's role in ensuring the organization has adequate funding? What information should be in a resource development plan? Week 4: At this stage, you are asked to review the course content, submit a written assignment (known lightheartedly as a BEAR (Board Effectiveness Readiness Assessment), and take two multiple choice Readiness Assurance Tests (known similarly as RATs). One RAT will assess knowledge and reading comprehension and the other will test application of knowledge within a practical case. Week 5: We will encourage you to discuss the RATs in the discussion forums and take them again should you wish to change any of your answers based on the information exchanged.

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Rating 4.5 based on 9 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 weeks, 5 - 7 hours per week
Starts Nov 23 (5 days ago)
Cost $49
From The State University of New York, Luther College at the University of Regina, University at Buffalo via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD, Prof. Vic Murray, PhD, Prof. Yvonne Cafik Harrison, PhD
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Business Leadership And Management

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board effectiveness assessment reflection

Sorry, this makes it very difficult to attend everything and to seriously focus, as it's always about running for deadlines, especially when one has to produce three (3) Board Effectiveness Assessment Reflection (BEAR) papers :( .

broken links b-mandatory purchase

The only gaps are a- Broken Links b-mandatory purchase of expensive books.

introduce crucial knowledge necessary

It will sharpen existing skills and introduce crucial knowledge necessary in solving issues within a complex board structure while adhering to proper governance procedures.

scenario-based rat application exercises

My overall experience with this Specialization, in general, and this 2nd Course, in particular, is very positive.On the positive side, I really like the fact that the Courses are practice-oriented and provide not only theoretical frameworks, but also insights from experts, practical guidance, and evidence-based best practices.Also, the idea of applying Team-Based Learning (TBL), in the forms of Readiness Assurance Tests (RATs) and scenario-based RAT Application Exercises, for assessing participants' learning, is excellent!However, there are a couple of downsides, that's why I'm not giving a 5 star positive feedback.The first problem is that not all of the required readings are freely available via the Coursera platform, or elsewhere online.

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almost no guest interviews

That's mainly a problem of the 2nd Course, as there are almost no guest interviews in this Course, and the one interview provided is already available in Course 1.

also insights from experts

before enrolling.the second downside

On my opinion, there should be at least a note in the description of both the Specialization and the Courses about these requirements, in order to make an informed decision before enrolling.The second downside has to do with Course 1 and Course 2 overlapping materials.

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Senior Program Manager, Accountable Care Organizations $150k

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Rating 4.5 based on 9 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 5 weeks, 5 - 7 hours per week
Starts Nov 23 (5 days ago)
Cost $49
From The State University of New York, Luther College at the University of Regina, University at Buffalo via Coursera
Instructors Prof. Yvonne D. Harrison, PhD, Prof. Vic Murray, PhD, Prof. Yvonne Cafik Harrison, PhD
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Business
Tags Social Sciences Governance And Society Business Leadership And Management

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