Board Service 101 Series to Begin September 20

September 08, 2017

The Community Foundation will host a four-part board service 101 series beginning this month. Developing and strengthening boards continues to be a top priority for nonprofit agencies. This series of workshops will be designed to serve nonprofit board members – those both new to board service and those who are more seasoned board members – as well as anyone who might have interest in serving on a board in the future.

“Having experience as a board member, I know how exciting the process can be,” said Brian Treece, program director at The Community Foundation. “Through these sessions, we hope to not only provide tools to veteran board members, but also prepare those who are new to board service or have an interest in serving in the future.”

Sessions will take place every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St.

  • September 20 – Aly Sterling Philanthropy staff will present the basics of being a member: roles, responsibilities and best practices.
  • October 4 – Patrick Sadowski and Greg Hull will cover legal concerns for board members, such as liability, questions to ask and coverage.
  • October 18 – The Community Foundation staff will speak on fundraising, including strategies, best practices/trends, and resources.
  • November 1 – Aly Sterling Philanthropy will discuss the decision to be a board member, like signs of a healthy organization and board, as well as an exploration of personal values and skills.
“Part of the vision of the Foundation is supporting and encouraging nonprofits to become self-sufficient entities,” said Kathy Kreuchauf, president of The Community Foundation. “Investing in the future leaders of these organizations is critical to the long-term success of the agencies that do so much for our community.”

The series will culminate in a nonprofit “speed dating” event on November 15 where nonprofits in search of new board and committee members can network with potential leaders. Those who attend three or more of the session will receive a special designation on nametags at the speed dating event, making nonprofits aware of their completion of the sessions.