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Harvard Business School - Governing for Nonprofit Excellence (GNE) Scholarship

Grant Guidelines


Nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs who are not serving in full-time employment roles for the nonprofit organizations they are applying to represent. The nonprofit must be located in Berkshire Taconic’s catchment area.


The Governing for Nonprofit Excellence (GNE) program is held at the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Mass. It is designed to help a board leader (chair or vice chair) enhance the leadership and stewardship they deliver to their organizations.

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:

  • Clarify the organization's mission and identify who will lead it
  • Assess objectives and plan strategically for the future
  • Explore efficiencies related to mergers, alliances, and revenues
  • Create value-adding board leadership processes
  • Forge effective board and CEO relationships
  • Establish systems for gauging organizational performance
  • Ensure your organization's financial compliance and sustainability

To learn more, visit Harvard's website.


To be eligible for consideration, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be nonprofit board members in board leadership roles (chair or vice chair) who are not serving in full-time employment roles for the nonprofit organizations they are applying to represent.
  • All candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience working in their current role and several more years remaining in their term.
  • Organization should have a minimum of 5-6 full-time employees.
  • Have an annual operating budget of at least $1 million.
  • Have been fully operational (with full-time staff) for at least one year and be out of the start-up phase.
  • Your organization must provide services to the Berkshire Taconic area.

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.


Four day program at Harvard Business School from Sept. 9-12, 2020, is valued at $5,000.


The advisory committee of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence reviews each application and selects finalists for submission to HBS for their selection. Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfies eligibility criteria stated in the above guidelines.
  • Shows promise of being ready to learn and supply his/her learning directly to his/her nonprofit organization.
  • Significance of the role of the nonprofit in the Berkshire Taconic community.
  • Evidences qualities of self awareness and self reflection that indicate a willingness to act for the long term benefit of the organization.


Four-day program at Harvard Business School


Value: $5,000


TBD 2021

How to Apply

Download the PDF application and email the completed form to Betsy Maury.