Leading Change/Building Capacity for Nonprofits

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students a comprehensive understanding of how to lead and sustain change, and build capacity, in a nonprofit organization.

This course provides the conceptual framework and tools to lead and deal with the organizational change needed to pursue capacity building strategies. Students will examine both social and organizational level change that provides the foundation to lead a change initiative.  Students will be introduced to the field of capacity building: its key players, concepts, and theories.  It addresses basic competencies, principles and skills necessary to bring about change and build capacity at the individual, organizational, multi-organizational, and global capacity levels. 

In This Course, Explore:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards and Executives
  • Stakeholder versus Shareholder Governance Models
  • Effective Leadership Competencies
  • Methodologies for leading group change (e.g. Kotter’s 8-Step Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Question Thinking - Learner versus Judger Model, Whole System Strategic Planning, Future Search, Balanced Scorecard etc)
  • Capacity Building: Individual, Organizational, Multi-Organizational, and Global
  • NGOs: The Hope for a Changing World
  • Social Responsibility

Instructor: Dr. Jane Seiling


  • This course is required for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership or the MBA concentration in nonprofit management.
  • This course is also available as a non-credit seminar