ORG436: Nonprofit Executive Leadership & Board Development (undergrad section of graduate course)

Course Description

This course covers the nonprofit startup process and board development. The course centers around a final project where the student 1) completes or reviews nonprofit startup documents,  2) writes an executive summary board development best practices based on course materials and 3) develops a comprehensive board manual.

Course Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Complete the legal steps needed to start a nonprofit organization and describe the importance of those legal documents.
  2. Provide recommendations based on a Christian model for board leadership based on the unique needs of faith-based organizations.
  3. Write an executive summary of the following aspects of nonprofit and ministry boards: role summary, recruitment, governance, risk management, fundraising and relation to staff.
  4. Evaluate an organization and board based on governance best practices and provide recommendations.
  5. Create a Nonprofit Board Manual that includes Board Member Orientation, Expectations, Board Policies and Organizational Background.


Available to undergraduates with 90+ credits and a 3.0+ GPA.


Course Materials & Tuition 

BoardSource, Nonprofit Board Answer Book, 3rd edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011. ISBN: 11180961184
Tuition $750.00
Total Cost of Course $767.06

On-Site Requirements

This class requires working with a nonprofit organization, ministry or NGO where the student will need to interview the Executive Director to collect extensive information to put into a New Board Member Manual.