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WSP 348 — Effective Nonprofit Board Governance

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Apr 28
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 21
Unit: 0
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Jenny Stein, Alexa Culwell
Status: Open
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Apr 28
1 day
Drop By
Apr 21
0 Unit
Jenny Stein, Alexa Culwell
In a changing political landscape, nonprofits are taking on a more important role than ever. While the board of directors is essential for any successful nonprofit, it can also be a pain point for executives, donors, and the board members themselves. Through case studies and practical frameworks, we will explore best practices of high-performing nonprofit boards and how you can be a more effective trustee for your organization. This course is designed for new and experienced board directors, as well as senior management and donors, to learn the latest thinking on governance and strategic management of high-impact organizations. It can also be effective to register with other trustees from your board or with your program’s executive director.

In this workshop, we will cover core elements of successful board leadership and address common issues and challenges that get in the way. We will discuss how to design and run a better board of directors meeting. You will learn about positive relationships between a board and its executive director and how to work together to raise money. And, finally, you will learn how to evaluate if a particular board is the right fit for you. After this course, you will better be able to assess a nonprofit’s program, staffing, and business model so you can govern more effectively.

Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade

Jenny Stein, Visiting Practitioner, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

Jenny Shilling Stein co-founded the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, which identifies and supports talented social entrepreneurs. She serves as Chair of the Board of FoodCorps. She received an MBA and an MEd from Stanford.

Alexa Culwell, Managing Director, Open Impact

Alexa Cortés Culwell advises philanthropic leaders on creating greater social impact. She was the founding CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation (1992–2005) and a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (2011–15).

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.