This course is designed to help students appreciate the roles and responsibilities of boards, how nonprofit boards function and what constitutes effective boards and individual board members. It will incorporate exercises on typical governance problems for students to investigate best practices and solutions to those problems.

Students will study the history of nonprofit boards and how boards of the future will meet new leadership challenges and demands. They will study the increased scrutiny that nonprofit organizations face regarding accountability and transparency by federal and state regulators and the overall governance structure of nonprofit organizations.