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Course schedule and descriptions

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Nonprofit Governance Certificate from Indiana University.

Course schedule

Effective Board Membership (Indianapolis)   Tuesday, January 17
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ambassador Role (online)   Tuesday, February 14
3-5 p.m.
Fundraising (online)   Tuesday, March 21
3-5 p.m.
Stakeholder Representation (online)   Tuesday, April 18
3-5 p.m.
Personal Coaching Session (online by appointment)   Tuesday, May 23
Capstone Presentations (Indianapolis)   Tuesday, June 13
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Course descriptions

Effective Board Membership: Participants will understand the big picture of effective nonprofit governance. A panel of nonprofit executive directors will participate with the class and provide an overview of their board and what it does, what they look for in a board member and an overview of typical challenges. Stages in the board life cycle will be reviewed. This content sets the stage to discuss the ambassador role.

Ambassador Role:
Participants deepen their understanding of the ambassador role of the board member and will share information concerning the organization they are studying with specific insight into the ambassador role. The fundraising topic is discussed and learning assignments are made.

Fundraising: 
Participants focus on the fundraising role of a board member and report out on the following: what fundraising strategies does the board you are learning about use? The topic of stakeholder representation is introduced. Action learning assignments are made.

Stakeholder Representation:
Participants focus on the stakeholder representation role and report out on the following: How does your expertise relate to the mission and function of the organization you are studying? How might your expertise contribute to the activities that the organization engages in? How might conflicts of interest be managed?

Personal Coaching Session:
Participants will prepare a 10-minute capstone presentation. A presentation template will be provided. Students will have a 20-minute coaching session with the instructors to help guide the development of their presentation.

Capstone Presentations:
Participants will have the opportunity to make their capstone presentation on the board they have been using as their case study. They will review their key insights and plan next steps.