Gayle Binney
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Gayle Binney is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Assistant Secretary of the Corporation at The New School. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of United Way.

Binney has more than twenty years of experience directing non-profit and philanthropic organizations in the areas of nutrition and healthcare, higher education, and leadership. In the past, she served as President of the Board of Directors for the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation as well as the Founding Secretary and Treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House of New York City Junior Committee. Binney received her B.A. in Organizational Communication from Pepperdine University and her Master of Public Administration in Finance Specialization from NYU Wagner.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 PADM-GP.4135.001 Nonprofit Governance

This course is intended for graduate students interested in learning about the governance of nonprofit organizations and the role of nonprofit boards.

The role of the nonprofit board member has always been significant, but never as demanding as it is today.  With nonprofits addressing significant community needs with constricting financial resources, board members must provide both strategic leadership and responsible stewardship, with a focus on financial sustainability.  This course will examine the role of the board and will explore common questions about the roles of board members: Are board members essentially advocates and fundraisers?  Do they direct the organization to the extent staff is unable? Or is the board’s role primarily defined by their need to resolve a crisis situation for the nonprofit organization?

By the end of this course, students will understand how nonprofits are governed and some of the current issues in nonprofit governance. Topics covered in classroom lecture, discussion and applied case studies will include the structure, functions, recruitment and composition of nonprofit boards; the relation of the board to management; the board’s role in both compliance and strategic planning; and improving board performance and accountability.

At the end of the course, learners will understand:
1. Board structure, functions and composition.
2. The relationship of the board to organizational/CEO performance.
3. Fiduciary, strategic, and generative governance.
4. Common problems and issues in non-profit governance, from both short and long term perspectives.
5. How to assess interventions to improve board performance.


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