Executive Education for Leaders of Nonprofits and NGO

The demands on nonprofit leaders are greater than ever. The challenges of our times are complex, interrelated, and urgent, requiring new thinking as well as nontraditional alliances. 

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education offers an array of programs for leaders of nonprofits and NGOs.  Led by Harvard faculty members, these programs offer the tools, perspectives and frameworks necessary to advance your organization and overcome challenges.  Participants are able to apply concepts, techniques, and faculty feedback to their work as they progress through the programs, allowing immediate impact at their organizations.

Join a diverse group of accomplished peers and gain the skills needed to lead results-driven organizations that both achieve your institutional mission and create greater impact.

Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations
Program Dates: May 12 - May 17, 2013
Faculty Chair: Christine Letts

Hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, this five-day program is designed for senior executives in non-governmental organizations committed to improving the performance of their organizations. Nonprofit and NGO leaders are taught the tools, perspectives, and frameworks needed to strengthen leadership of their organizations, engage constituent communities, and cultivate long-term partnerships. Learn More...

Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Program Dates: May 21, 2013 - May 24, 2013
Faculty co-Chairs: Allen Grossman, Julie Wilson

A joint program presented by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, this course teaches nonprofit leaders how to use performance measurement to enhance their organization's ability to deliver on its mission. Explore the impact of measurement and examine a range of effective approaches to help guide your organization in any economy. Learn More...

Online Programs

Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board
Program Dates:
January 14 - March 15, 2013
Faculty Chair: Bill Ryan

The board of a nonprofit organization can be among its greatest assets. This online program is designed to help executives of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations engage their boards in more meaningful and consequential work that produces greater value for their organizations. The program is intended specifically for executives in nonprofit and NGOs who want to tap into the full array of talent and energy within their boards. Learn More...

Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations
Program Dates:
January 14 - March 22, 2013
Faculty Chair: Christine Letts

Designed to help nonprofit and non-governmental organization leaders in the developing world use strategic management frameworks to improve their organizations. This program represents a unique online learning opportunity for senior executives leading nonprofit and NGOs to interact with Harvard faculty and colleagues from around the world. Learn More...

Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change
Program Dates:
February 11 - May 17, 2013
Faculty Chair: Marshall Ganz

This program aims to help leaders of civic associations, advocacy groups and social movements learn how to organize communities that can mobilize power to make change. Leaders of civic, social, and political organizations from around the world will all benefit from this course. Learn More...

Expanding Impact: Non-Governmental Organization Legitimacy, Advocacy and Partnerships
Program Dates: September 9 – November 15, 2013
Faculty Chair: L. David Brown

Learn how to optimize your organizations impact on society with clarity of purpose and flexibility at Expanding Impact. This 12-week online course offers a dynamic curriculum specifically designed for leaders of nonprofits and NGOs. Participants will sharpen their visions and think strategically about how to enhance the reach of their programs in a sustainable manner. Learn More...

Nonprofit Financial Stewardship: Concepts and Techniques for Strategic Management
Program Dates:
October 15 - December 7, 2012
Faculty co-Chairs: Jim Honan and Ann Thornburg

Sound financial management is critical to the long-term health of any nonprofit organization. Learn the tools, techniques, and concepts of good financial management at this online Executive Education program. During this intensive 8-week program, participants will have the unique ability to interact with colleagues from around the world and learn from renowned Harvard Professors. Learn More...

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