Online Courses

Our online courses are designed to provide you with vital information and proven strategies on a wide range of board and leadership topics to allow you to improve your performance, experience greater levels of personal satisfaction, professional recognition, and contribute to the greater positive impact on those you serve. Whether you currently serve or aspire to serve as the chief executive officer, are a member of your organization’s Board of Trustees or other motivated member of your nonprofit organization’s management team, and you want to become a high performing leader or board member making a positive social impact in the communities you serve, whether locally, nationally or globally, our courses are for you.

You can enjoy our online courses at your convenience, on your desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course: How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board

This course is intended for you, the millions of men and women who voluntarily serve on a nonprofit board, regardless of your specific mission or purpose, who are committed to making a positive social impact in the communities you serve, whether locally, nationally or globally.

My goal with this course is to provide you with information and proven strategies on a wide range of board governance topics to allow you and your board to improve your board’s performance resulting in a greater positive impact on those you serve. Not only do high performing boards make a greater positive impact in their community, their board members also enjoy their service on their boards at a far greater rate as well.

In this course, there are 6 modules centered around the following topics:

  • The Life Cycles of Board Governance, The Characteristics and Obstacles of Being a High Performing Nonprofit Board
  • The Role and Characteristics of the Board Chair and Board Leadership Succession
  • The CEO and Board Relationship, Executive Leadership Competencies and CEO Performance Evaluations
  • The Board’s Role in Achieving Your Strategic Vision
  • The Board’s Role in Philanthropy
  • Evaluating the Board’s Committee Structures, Recruitment and Reappointment, Dealing with Difficult Board Behavior and Assessing the Board’s Annual Performance

How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board identifies and encourages us to examine the areas critical to the optimal performance of non-profit boards. In this course, Dennis asks the tough questions in a respectful and non-threatening way. This course touches all the bases of non-profit board performance and will place you firmly on the road of improved board outcomes, for those of you truly committed to them. I strongly urge you to purchase this course.

Stephen N. Lawrence, Ph.D., MPA, Chair, Committee on Trustees and Board Governance
Bonnie Brae School

Dennis Miller has created a wonderfully informative and instructive resource for nonprofit executives and boards in his new online course “How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board”. The course is full of great information and tips that will assist executives and board members at all levels of their board development. The videos are engaging and matched well with a companion handbook I found the questions at the end of each module to be excellent for both stimulating discussion as well as a sound exercise in determining the functioning of the board and CEO. Many thanks to Dennis for sharing his sound knowledge and experience!

Allison Blake, PhD MSW, Chief Executive Officer
Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut

Dennis Miller’s course on “How to Become a High Performing Board” is a wonderful tool for both new and more experienced board members as well as for board chairs. Dennis’ insights, which have developed from his wide experience with both for profit and not for profit entities, provides great clarity to any board member as to individual director responsibilities, and the best methods of enhancing the performance for their boards.

Edward W. Ahart, Esq., Board Chair
Fannie Ripple Foundation

Dennis Miller brings his extensive experience and his compelling style to the question of how a nonprofit board can become a high performing board. He hits all the right points, and helps the viewer understand how each aspect of board operations fits into the whole nonprofit experience. This online course, How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board, will be helpful to almost every board member – new and experienced.

Jim Purcell, President & CEO
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies of New York

Dennis Miller has done it again – his own version of pushing a Board from good to great. In his new series of “How to Become a High Performing Board”, Dennis illustrates some of the most basic and strong practices needed by all non-profit Boards. Whether an experienced Board Chair or newer Board member, this is a valuable tool in helping to transition your Board to greater philanthropy opportunities, as well as the overall importance of Board impact on your organization. The success of your Board – and its leadership to the organization’s mission – is critical. Dennis’ focus on Leadership Development, Board Governance, Philanthropy and Succession Planning is a true win for all non-profit Boards.

Todd Shellenberger, Vice President of Development
Make-A-Wish America

I highly recommend Dennis Miller’s online course, ‘How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board”. The need for our programs in the social service or nonprofit sector is greater than ever. Our Board of Directors must be a diverse group of highly engaged, (without being micro-managers) leaders willing to step up no matter what the issue is, and work like a team. A tall order for busy professionals. While there’s a lot of training out there most board members don’t have the time to read tons of material or attend classes. Dennis Miller, a seasoned nonprofit leader, understands this dynamic and has developed an online video course that covers the basics in a little over an hour. Each of the 6 modules ranging from a few minutes each to 16 minutes. will give your nonprofit board members the foundation they need to help your board work together with your organization to truly make a difference.

Blair Schleischer Bravo, Chief Executive Officer
Morris Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

Courses Being Developed

How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Executive Leadership Team
Coming in 2019


Identifying and Developing New Leaders in Your Organization for Tomorrow’s Leadership Challenges
Coming in 2019


Ascending from Management to Leadership: Becoming Tomorrow’s Nonprofit Executive Leaders
Coming in 2019


How to Engage and Motivate Your Stakeholders to Achieve Your Strategic Vision
Coming in 2020


Would Your Board Rather Have a Root Canal than Raise Money? How to Engage and Motivate Your Board and CEO to Participate in Philanthropy
Coming in 2020

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