Harvard Business School's Governing for Nonprofit Excellence—Virtual program runs Oct. 20-28, 2022, and provides the perspective and skills nonprofit board members need to guide a nonprofit organization from the boardroom. This program focuses on the role of the board in enhancing organizational effectiveness, driving high performance and enabling accountability. Participants will learn how to manage successful mission transitions, forge effective relationships, build trust between the board and the CEO, and create a culture of board engagement.

A team of Harvard Business School faculty combines their extensive research and experience in board leadership and nonprofit management with world-class teaching expertise during this program. The curriculum covers board leadership, strategic stewardship, performance measurement, and financial oversight. In-depth case studies showcase the real-life struggles of boards in their various leadership efforts.

By examining issues of critical concern to board leaders, participants will learn to:

  • Solidify your organization's leadership
  • Execute your organization's mission more effectively
  • Expand your personal and professional network

To view the curriculum, teachers, and hear participant stories, visit Harvard's website.



  • Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.


  • Virtual on Zoom
  • Live online classes, self-paced work, discussion groups and virtual networking
  • Select days will also feature networking sessions or open conversations with faculty


$3,750 value (includes tuition, e-books, and online case materials)


Download the PDF application and email the completed form to Nicole Baker by June 10. For questions or more information, call Nicole Baker at 413.229.0370 ext. 117.


  • Candidates must be nonprofit board members or C-suite level nonprofit leaders who engage extensively with the board of directors. We recommend nonprofit board chairs, vice chairs, and incoming chairs to apply.
  • Organizations should have at least 5-6 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of at least $1 million.
  • Organizations should have been fully operational for at least one year and be out of the start-up phase (please note: this can often take several years to accomplish).
  • Organization must provide services to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation area of Berkshire, Columbia, northeast Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties.
  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation does not support organizations that, in their constitution, by-laws or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.


An advisory committee reviews each application and selects finalists for submission to Harvard Business School. Candidates are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate demonstrates interest in being ready to learn and willingness to act for the long-term benefit of the organization.
  • Nonprofit’s impact on the Berkshire Taconic community.
  • Satisfies eligibility criteria stated in the above guidelines.


Berkshire, Columbia, Northeast Dutchess, Northwest Litchfield

Interest Area

Nonprofit capacity building

Grant Amount

Value of $3,750 for six half-days of virtual programming



How To Apply

Download the PDF application and email the completed form to Nicole Baker. For questions, call Nicole at 413.229.0370 ext. 117.