Harvard Business School – Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) Program

GRANT GUIDELINES

WHO CAN APPLY

Candidates must be senior nonprofit leaders responsible for implementing effective performance measurement and management in their nonprofit organization. The nonprofit must be located in Berkshire Taconic’s catchment area. Candidates should have at least one year of experience in their role by the start of the program.

GRANT INFORMATION

Berkshire Taconic is pleased to be able to offer one scholarship for the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) program at Harvard Business School. The value of the program is $4,500. The program runs from May 29-June 1, 2018 on the Harvard Business School campus in Boston, Mass.

Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations is designed for senior executives and board members of nonprofit organizations around the world who are committed to implementing effective performance measurement and management in their organizations. Typical participant titles include: chief executive officer, president, executive director, chief financial officer, chief operating officer, board chair or deputy director.

The program helps nonprofit executives think conceptually about organizational performance measurement systems. Through a powerful combination of faculty presentations, case studies, and group discussions, participants examine the rationale behind performance measurement and gain valuable insight into its critical aspects. Core curriculum topics include:

Challenges and Obstacles to Managing Organizational Performance
Building a performance-based culture; understanding organizational "accountability flow"; implementing a performance management strategy.

Strategic Uses of Organizational Performance Management
Recognizing value and satisfying expectations; increasing productivity; fostering creativity and innovation; improving individual behavior.

Assessing and Responding to Demands for Accountability
Balancing external and internal accountability; dealing with the forces that shape the nonprofit environment.

Aligning Mission and Organizational Performance Management
Linking mission, performance, and impact; recognizing what is being measured and what is being delivered.

Approaches for Organizational Performance Measurement
Deciding what to measure; choosing the right approach for the job; understanding implementation challenges.

Instituting and Sustaining Organizational Performance Management Systems
Implementing and sustaining a performance management system; building capacity; assessing communication issues.

To learn more, visit Harvard's website.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, you must meet the following criteria:
•    Candidates must be senior nonprofit leaders responsible for implementing effective performance measurement and management in their organizations.  
•    All candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience working in their current role by the start of the program.
•    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 (please note: this can often take several years to accomplish).
•    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.

AWARDS

Four-day program at Harvard Business School is valued at $4,500.

REVIEW CRITERIA

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.