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Free Certificate in Nonprofit Board Essentials 

Co-developed with CNM, these short courses cover the essentials of nonprofit boards and how they operate. Learn what it takes to be an effective nonprofit board member and what an effective board looks like.

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What You Will Learn

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Course 1: Introduction to Nonprofit Boards
Discover types of boards and the responsibilities associated with various board roles and committees.

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Course 2: Operating Effectively
Understand the importance of effective collaboration between 
the board and nonprofit staff.

Course 3: Determining Board Effectiveness
Learn how to measure outcomes and impact on an organization and programs.

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CFRE Continuing Education Credits:

Full participation in the Nonprofit Board Member Essentials Certificate is applicable for 2.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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About Our Partner

Founded in 1986, CNM’s mission is to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. CNM believes that thriving nonprofits are essential to a strong community, and we connect organizations with the expertise, partnerships, and tools needed to focus on their respective missions.

How It Works


Complete the three courses


Pass the certificate exam


Earn your certificate and badge
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Don't forget to proudly display your accomplishments on your resume, LinkedIn, social media profile, or personal website. 

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What Our Learners Say

“The training is excellent. The content and exercises truly helped me prepare for the certification.” 

— Francis M.


Free Online Training for the Nonprofit Professional

Explore over 500 learning resources to help you and your nonprofit do more good

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