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Board Training Series

Creating Community Change through Skilled Leadership: A Four-Part Nonprofit Board Training Series

Behind every successful nonprofit sits a strong and productive board of directors.  The role of board member is one of the most influential volunteer positions in the nonprofit community, and an opportunity to serve a mission to which one is truly dedicated. If you are ready to create positive change in your community and step into a role of leadership, this series gives you the necessary tools and knowledge to do so with confidence.

Join us for a four part series on board governance that will prepare you with the tools and knowledge you need to be able to create real change in your community. If you are ready to step out from the sidelines and into a role of community leadership, this workshop series is for you. If you are already a board member and want to hone your skillset, this series will give you resources and networking opportunities that will strengthen your board service.

We approach the breadth of board governance information by blending several resources and interweaving the most valuable pieces into four (4) workshops. Workshops are delivered in three parts:  Theory, Practice, and Interactive Application.

Community members identified as experts in Nonprofit Boards participate as panelists. Panels are unique to each topic, and the experts are chosen based on their particular breadth of experience.  The workshops are organized under four topics:

April 28 – Board Responsibility and Board Culture – Learn exactly what responsibilities you take on as a board member and how to co-create a powerful and engaged board of directors.

May 19 – Financial Stewardship and Legal Compliance – Ensure nonprofit dollars advance the mission. Includes a dive into oversight and fiduciary responsibilities.

June 9 – Strategic Planning and Evaluation – Learn how to approach the scope of your organization’s work by establishing and adapting a strategic plan.

October 31 – Fundraising 101 – Receive an overview on the basics of fundraising and how to raise the dollars necessary for nonprofit organizations to achieve their objectives and hit their funding goals. Learn how to form and deliver a request that aligns with potential and existing donors.

Visit ttcf.net/impact/board-governance-series/ for additional information. This series is presented by Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. In addition to class time, you will receive an extensive breadth of resources to apply to your role as board member.

**Each workshop must have 20 registered participants to be held.

**Please contact Ashley Cooper at ashley@ttcf.net if you are interested in attending the series.

History of the Series

When Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) asks our local nonprofit organizations: “What do you need more than money?” Their response is always two-fold: Volunteer Recruitment, which TTCF answers through Give Back Tahoe’s online volunteer module, and Board Leadership. In October 2015, TTCF responded to this need by developing and delivering a four-part workshop series on Board Governance.

TTCF had successfully facilitated similar workshops in the past, but this time approached the topic of Board Governance as a series that specifically targeted board members in our community.  We worked with executive directors throughout the process of crafting and promoting the series, asking for their feedback to assess our assumption on several elements.  At series end, each executive director receives the resources from workshops their board member(s) attended.

TTCF has delivered the series across four Fridays in October 2015 and then October 2016. In 2017, TTCF will deliver the workshop series by dispensing the topics across four quarters.

TTCF is happy to create an opportunity for leadership development for those in our community members who take on the responsibility of serving on a local board of directors.

Praise

“Of course it was valuable to new board members, but for those with more years of experience it was a reminder of elements of good board practices, and presented new perspectives and processes so essential to keeping up with the changing nonprofit world.  The panels were particularly valuable. Nothing can beat hearing pearls of wisdom from people you respect and admire.  TTCF found a need and filled it, and we are a stronger nonprofit community for their efforts.” -Janet Zipser Zipkin, a seasoned board member who previously sat on the Truckee Donner Land Trust and currently serves on the Truckee River Watershed Council board

“I can’t stop talking about what I’m learning at these seminars with my fellow board members. They are either going to really wish they had joined me or be really sick of listening to me.” – Attendee

“This has been an excellent series albeit overwhelming with the amount of information I am processing after each workshop. As a board chair, I feel like I have some tools now to be a more effective leader. Having someone else on the board at each session has been important. Thank you!” -Attendee