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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 the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and what it takes to be an effective nonprofit board member.

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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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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.

This Certificate Program Is For

Individuals interested in joining a nonprofit board.

Executive Directors/Nonprofit CEOs looking to collaborate more effectively with their board and to provide resources to onboard new board members.

Nonprofit Board Members wanting to understand their key responsibilities and serve more effectively.

Nonprofit Professionals looking to grow their skills and understand the role of the board and how it impacts the success of a nonprofit organization.

Companies interested in providing nonprofit board opportunities to their employees.

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What Our Learners Say

"I strongly recommend these high-quality courses that hit all the key topic areas related to serving on a nonprofit board. It's great for those who are interested in joining a board for the first time as well as experienced board members who need a refresher."

David Lewis

Founder & CEO of Board Member Connect

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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