Nonprofit Skills: Effective Leadership Oversight for Board Members

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective leadership oversight in your organization. It defines the different types of board structures and the cycles that every board goes through. Then, you look at nonprofit governance best practices and the importance of board assessments and succession planning. Finally, you take a close look at managing conflict within the leadership of your organization and analyze some of the major ethical issues facing modern nonprofits.

This course can be applied to the Nonprofit Skills: Board Fundamentals Certificate.


Online Expert Instruction

This course has an “Ask the Expert” feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify different nonprofit board structures and explain how each structure interacts with leadership.
  • Describe different approaches to board governance.
  • Explain the key stages of a nonprofit board’s life cycle and describe the primary activities of the board at each phase.
  • Understand what makes an effective board assessment and analyze the results.
  • Summarize some of the key ethical issues facing nonprofit leaders and describe how the board can prevent ethical lapses in leadership.
  • Explain how nonprofit board members ensure that legal and ethical standards are followed in their organization.
  • Understand the key elements of a conflict-of-interest policy and identify other ethical policies a nonprofit should use.
  • Describe the relationship between the board and the CEO and identify the factors associated with a healthy board-CEO relationship.

Key Features

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Audio-enabled
  • Badge and credit-awarding
  • Real-world case studies
  • Fully accessible
  • Games and flashcards
  • Expert-supported
  • Video content


Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEUs.

Date: Open enrollment – Register anytime

Delivery Method: On-Demand Online

Platform: Other

Instructor: Online Expert Instruction

Fee: $79

CEUs: .3

Program Number: 7350-15821

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