Board development

Nonprofit boards are tasked with making the governing decisions for the organization. As a result, recruiting board members with a diversity of skills and experience, as well as passion and commitment to your mission is vital. In addition to finding strong candidates for your board, you will need to orient them to your agency and provide training so they understand the roles and responsibilities of their position.

We are proud to offer the following programs for Board Development:

Opportunity to Lead is the start to increasing your leadership in the community for the causes that are most important to you. This session gives an overview of the role of a nonprofit board member from the perspectives of a current board member, an executive director and an experienced nonprofit professional.

This program will…

  • provide you with an overview of the nonprofit sector
  • give you tips on being an effective board member
  • show you how to get connected with board and committee leadership opportunities
  • help you decide if being a member of a nonprofit board is right for you

You will walk away knowing the key responsibilities of the Board of Directors and have a list of questions you can ask yourself to ensure a good fit with an organization.

Ask an Expert gives you the chance to dig into critical issues facing nonprofit boards. A local expert leads a 90 minutes session with plenty of time for board members to questions and answers on specific issues they are facing. Board members and executive director teams are encouraged to attend together to make the most of the presentation.

Our 2018 Ask An Expert Series will be focused on Building Board Effectiveness.
Email Laura Rogers to be added to the board training mailing list and be notified of the next Ask An Expert and other upcoming opportunities.

In addition to our Board Development work, we also offer Board Recruitment and Training through our BoardWalk Academy program.

BoardWalk Academy provides training for individuals not typically asked to serve on a nonprofit board or committee. Through BoardWalk, individuals build leadership skills, confidence, and learn the next steps to take to start serving on a board or committee. Participants not only learn the next steps to take to start serving on board, but they also learn how use their voices to impact how services are provided in the community.

Over the course of six weekly evening sessions, participants learn about

  • important basics of nonprofits
  • roles and responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit board
  • the function of the board in making decisions.

BoardWalk does not place members on a nonprofit board after they have completed their training. However, we do help graduates make connections with organizations in the community looking for people to fill leadership positions. Sessions are offered once a year in the spring.

To learn more about the program, watch this video, featuring BoardWalk academy graduates.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 BoardWalk Academy. We will begin accepting 2019 BoardWalk Academy applications January 2019.

For more information about BoardWalk Academy, please contact Laura Rogers.