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Board Member Training

Behind every good nonprofit sits a strong board

In 2015, we asked our nonprofits what they needed besides money, they said better board governance. So we developed a four-part workshop series. 

The series blends several resources and interweaves the most valuable pieces. 

As of 2019, we have trained over 145 board members and emerging community leaders.

Delivering the best in board governance practices

Workshops are delivered in three parts:  Theory, Practice, and Interactive Application.

Community members identified as experts in each module participate as panelists. 

The workshops are organized under four topics:

  • Board Responsibility and Board Culture 
  • Financial Stewardship and Legal Compliance 
  • Strategic Planning and Evaluation
  • Fundraising 101


TTCF’s Board Training Series was a phenomenal community-building experience. I connected deeply with my classmates and TTCF’s mission, receiving the skill-set needed to be a proactive and skilled Board Member. I learned so much more than I expected and by talking with my classmates, I was blown away by how much TTCF does in our region.

Since the series, I became a Board Member for the Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe, and am applying the training and knowledge I learned to be the best advocate I can be for my organization.

Katherina Haug
Realtor and 2017 Graduate

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

As a founder of a new small nonprofit, the tools given to me during this series are instrumental in growing our charity. I would recommend these classes to anyone interested in pursuing nonprofit service. The exposure to other local nonprofits as well as networking with professionals was particularly helpful.

John Botto
10th Mountain Healing and 2017 Graduate

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!


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