Non-profit Programs

Governing for Nonprofit Excellence

Intended for chairs of nonprofit boards and other nonprofit board members occupying significant board leadership roles. This program explores issues of critical concern to board leaders, including strategic planning; managing mission transitions and organizational transformations; achieving financial sustainability; driving high performance; attaining effective board-CEO relationships; creating a productive board structure and a culture of board engagement; and preserving trust and accountability.

    Driving Nonprofit Performance and Innovation

    Designed to help nonprofit leaders use performance measurement to enhance their organization's ability to achieve their mission, this program encourages participants to look at how the strategic use of performance measurement can drive innovation and improve resource allocation, internal processes, external accountability, and other areas of concern. This program is a collaboration between the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

    Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management

    Designed to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit CEOs and executive directors to lead their organizations effectively, this intensive program provides a conceptual approach to shape the direction, mission, policies, and major programs of nonprofit organizations. Participants explore strategic concepts in mission focus, market sensitivity, organizational structure, and performance management and control. Participants also take part in peer consultations, small-group consultative sessions in which they address critical challenges facing their organizations.

    Strategic Nonprofit Management - India

    Designed for senior decision makers in established or growing nonprofit (NGO) organizations in South and Southeast Asia, this new program is offered in association with Dasra, India's leading strategic philanthropy foundation, and with Ashoka University. Exploring best practices in nonprofit strategy, governance, and leadership, the program will prepare you to build a high-performance organization that can fulfill its mission, expand its scope, and achieve its potential for improving lives.

    Limited need–based scholarship funding for non-profit programs is available.

    K-12 Education Programs

    Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) Summer Institute

    Intended for teams of eight participants, including district office personnel, school principals, and regional supervisors who are responsible for school systems with at least 30,000 enrolled students. This five-day program helps leaders from urban school systems drive improved performance by applying proven management concepts to the unique challenges of their districts.

    PELP Accelerating Board Capacity (ABC) Institute

    Intended for school board members and superintendents in member districts of the Council of the Great City Schools. This three-day program helps participants explore key topics in strategy, management, and governance, including building capacity for district improvement, managing conflict, and addressing inequities.