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BUSN 112 - Nonprofit Board of Directors

3 Credits
This course explores the roles, responsibilities and structures of the nonprofit board of directors. Through case studies and/or community action research students will investigate how nonprofit boards are formed, who participates and why, and strategies for building, developing and maintaining successful boards, with a particular focus on leadership and governance in organizations led by and serving marginalized communities.


Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Online

Designed to Serve 1. Students and community members who are thinking of starting a nonprofit organization or serving on a nonprofit board 2. Current nonprofit board members seeking to better understand and fulfill their legal and strategic responsibilities to the organizations they serve; 3. Nonprofit staff, volunteers and directors who want to enhance the value that their board provides to their organizations and the communities that they serve; Certificate Non-Profit Management; AAS Small Business; Continuing Education
Active Date 20180530T10:02:25

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 32
Contact Hours: Lecture 33 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 33
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
  • Legal functions and duties of nonprofit boards
  • Practical and strategic responsibilities of nonprofit boards including organizational mission, strategic planning, hiring, supervision and evaluation of the Executive Director, financial oversight, fundraising, community relations and more
  • Who make good board members and where to find them: Board member recruitment and development
  • Role differentiation and healthy communication between the nonprofit board, Executive Director, staff and volunteers
  • Leadership and governance models in diverse communities
  • Student led case studies or action research projects

Student Learning Outcomes
Describe legal, fiscal and practical functions of nonprofit boards of directors and the relationship between an effective board of directors and nonprofit organizational success.

Differentiate between the responsibilities of nonprofit board members, the Executive Director, and program staff or volunteers

Describe effective methods of nonprofit board capacity building

Apply two or more board capacity building methods in nonprofit organizations and case studies

Measure nonprofit board of directors effectiveness by identifying and quantitatively tracking outcomes.

Conduct a case study or community action research project to examine real life issues faced by nonprofit boards of directors in our community.

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