Governing in the 21st Century Certificate Program

May 13, 2022 | NH Institute of Politics

This event has been postponed to the fall. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for further details.


In partnership with the NH Center for Nonprofits

Nonprofit boards have many roles to play as stewards of the organization, but none is more important than assuring ethical behavior and providing sound fiscal oversight. Join us for this four-part certificate program as we explore real-life applications of ethics and best practices in the nonprofit boardroom. Perfect for new board members or experienced board leaders wanting to brush up on new approaches.

  • Session One: Governing in the 21st Century - Ethics and Accountability in the Board Room (May 13) Register here
    • This session will help you move your board from static and mundane meetings to intentional, strategic governance that will position your organization for success. The session will include:

      • the historic origins of the nonprofit board structure
      • the four realms of board governance: governance, accountability, fiduciary, and strategic
      • the three legal duties of the board
      • real-world examples of how ethical and strategic governance can lead to success (and how their absence can lead to failure)
  • Session Two: Stewarding Resources for the Long Run (May 20) Register here
    • This session will explore the ethical and operational practices all nonprofits must consider in the areas of:

      • fundraising
      • partnership development
      • financial practices
      • CEO evaluations
      • succession planning
      • communications
  • Session Three: Strategic Practices of High-Impact Boards (June 3) Register here
    • In this session, we will move the conversation into strategies that nonprofit leaders can use to elevate the quality and impact of their boards governance practices. We’ll discuss the elements involved in the “Governance as Leadership” model that most high-performing boards practice today, which involves board members in three core roles; Strategic, Fiduciary, and Generative (or sense-making).

      Using TED Talks from Simon Sinek and Dan Pallotta to propel the conversation, this session will be devoted to ways to greatly enrich the effectiveness of the board, keeping in mind the ethical considerations of strategic decision-making.

  • Session Four: Governance in Action (June 10) Register here
    • In the final session, we will bring together a panel of experienced board members who have “been there, done that.” They will share their insights and take questions from participants. This will be your opportunity to hear from veteran board members and ask them your burning questions

*Please note: each session has been moved a week later than its original date.

Fee: $25 per session; $80 for all four if registered by April 30

Facilitated by: Mary Ellen Jackson, Consultant, Mary Ellen Jackson Consulting

Sessions will run from 8:30 AM–12:00 PM, with a complimentary networking lunch following the program from 12:00–1:00 PM.

Funding for the Center for Ethics' "Ethics in Governance Forum" comes from a $2 million endowment created by the N.H. Secretary of State’s Office and the Center for Public Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship awarded to Saint Anselm College in 2013. The endowment was created from a settlement reached between the New Hampshire Securities Bureau and Tyco International, LTD in 2002 and is administered by the University of New Hampshire Foundation. 

May 13, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Manchester

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Beaudry at or (603) 641-7230