Executive Education for Leaders of Nonprofits and NGOs

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...

Using Evidence to Improve Social Program Effectiveness
Program Dates: June 23 - June 28, 2013
Faculty co-Chairs: Dan Levy, Julie Wilson

Using Evidence to Improve Program Effectiveness will address the challenges that managers face in identifying useful strategies for assessing and improving social program effectiveness. The program will help managers become better commissioners and consumers of the evidence they need to make better decisions for their organization. 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 18, 2013 - May 24, 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...

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