Effective Nonprofit Governance

Increasing Board Engagement For Strategic Stewardship

The relationship between a nonprofit CEO and his/her Board is not necessarily a straightforward one. CEOs accuse board members of overstepping their responsibility, while board members think CEOs are not being transparent enough. How do they collaborate transparently to maximize each other’s strengths? What are some of the best practices for effective and ethical nonprofit governance?

These and more questions related to ethical governance will be addressed through topics such as transparency in succession planning, continuing differently through multiple generations and not taking trust for granted. Participants will leave with renewed ideas of ethical governance.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Build trust between the board and leadership


Who Should Attend

  • Board Members, Executive Directors and CEOs of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Board Members, Executive Directors and CEOs of Foundations & Family Businesses

Key Benefits

  • Discuss and share best practices for ethical nonprofit governance
  • Think strategically about nonprofit executive and board member relationships based on trust
  • Clarify the roles of CEOs and Board members during transitions and succession planning


Naini Serohi - Academic Director; Program Administrator Senior, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Fees & Accommodations


Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay.

Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Personal Consultation

Please email or call us if you would like a personal consultation for Nonprofit Programs

Upcoming Sessions

November 7, 2018

Start: November 7 at 8:30 AM

End: November 7 at 5:00 PM

LOCATION: Chicago campus

PLEASE NOTE: This program does not fulfill Executive Scholar Certificate requirements


Early Bird Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208