Part of the Executive Education Online Leadership Series at Harvard Kennedy School, a series of unique online programs where participants work in groups, engage in live classes and office hours, and complete assignments by applying the concepts and frameworks they learn to their own organizations. Participants are able to utilize techniques and faculty feedback in their work as they progress through the programs and achieve immediate impact.

Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations is a 2.5 week online Executive Education program designed to help nonprofit and NGO leaders use strategic management frameworks to improve their organizations. The program curriculum focuses on five modules:

  • Mission statements
  • Strategic alignment
  • Strategic frameworks
  • Program portfolio management
  • Strategic positioning

For each module, participants will be introduced to a set of frameworks in a case and/or reading. Participants will then have the opportunity to consider the framework’s relevance for their organizations by taking part in online discussions with their colleagues and using electronic workbooks designed specifically for the program. During each module, Faculty Chair Christine Letts will hold a live online session with program participants. 

October 30—November 20, 2017 | Application Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Meet The Faculty

Christine Letts

Christine Letts

Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit

Christine W. Letts is the Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). She has extensive experience in private, nonprofit, and public management. Letts joined the faculty of HKS in 1992 and was the founding Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations (now the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership).   

From 2005-2011 she was the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education. After graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in history, she started her career working in New York City government. After receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976, she joined Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana and spent 10 years in labor relations and manufacturing management roles, the last of which was Vice President - Columbus Plant Operations. Her final job at Cummins was President of the Cummins Engine Foundation and Vice President of Corporate Responsibility.

In 1988, Letts became the first Secretary of the Indiana Department of Transportation, and later led the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. She co-authored Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists (Harvard Business Review 1997), High Performance Nonprofit Organizations (John Wiley and Sons 1999) and Social Entrepreneurship and Societal Transformation (The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science September 2004).

Letts chairs and teaches nonprofit management in several Executive Education programs, and co-teaches a new course in Philanthropy for students of Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School, and is involved in several global philanthropy research projects.

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