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Certificate of Nonprofit Board Management

Prepare for a leadership role with a sound understanding of core board governance principles and practices. This series features four sessions focusing on the essentials that drive nonprofit board success. Join this in-depth orientation to the core principles, best practices, latest trends and expert insights into the key areas of board structure, recruitment, engagement, evaluation, roles and responsibilities.


  • Sharpen your recruitment, orientation and engagement strategies.
  • Understand strategies to support your board chair’s leadership in ensuring effective management of the board.
  • Discover tactics to re-energize your board to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Explore strategies to train and develop your board into more effective fundraisers.


GOV 210  | Building Better Boards
Establishing a good governance structure is key for nonprofit organizations to be successful, and to operationalize their missions for optimal impact in the community. Whether you are a new nonprofit organization or an existing nonprofit that wants to make positive changes in the structure of your board, this course will provide you with tools to do that.

GOV 220  |  Board Recruitment, Orientation, and Engagement
Do you yearn for a higher functioning board? Is your board already high functioning, but you think it could still improve? Then this course is for you. The course will review how to increase the functionality of a nonprofit board, and how effective recruitment, orientation and engagement strategies can help you reach your goals.

GOV 230  |  Improving Board Fundraising Effectiveness 
The success of fundraising campaigns hinges on leadership, and that leadership starts with the board. A board that is committed to its fundraising responsibilities will also be an asset to the organization. Board members who take their role in fundraising very seriously will promote the organization and help bring resources to it. Yet, similar to staff, board members also need training and development to ensure that they have the knowledge necessary for successful fundraising. This course will provide a road map for those seeking to increase their board's fundraising effectiveness.

GOV 240  |  Starting and Sustaining a Board Development Plan 
Good nonprofit governance includes paying attention to the "care and feeding" of your board, even if they seem well managed and are reaching positive outcomes. Even high performing boards should be, and probably expect to have their work, evaluated and, if you suspect your board is stale, re-energizing them may be in order. This course provides a framework for addressing these important aspects of working with your board.


"Our organization is growing by leaps and bounds, but not our board. As a Board Chair who wants to represent well and have a board that operates in excellence, the Certificate of Nonprofit Board Governance was just what the doctor ordered. I know we will have an improved board by this time next year. We couldn't do it without your help!" 
—Rev. Vanessa D. Sharp Cephas, Board Chair, SisterLove, Inc.



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Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Registration Details

Member: $499
Nonmember: $699

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.



Thanks to the generous support of The Wells Fargo Foundation, GCN offers a limited number of partial scholarships for staff and board members of eligible organizations to attend Nonprofit University. Learn more