Nonprofit Board Governance


There are many types of nonprofit boards, including both private nonprofit such as a local United Way Board of Directors or governmental oversite such as a local Public Library Board of Directors who are appointed by elected officials.

The board of directors determines the organization’s strategic direction, sets goals, establishes appropriate policies, and hires and supervises the entity’s executive director. The board of directors also provides budgeting and fiscal oversite and, in the case of nonprofits, conduct fundraising activities.

This module aims to assist board members to discharge their duties and obligations while serving on a board of directors.

Module Length: 22-25 Learner Hours

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Throughout the course of this module, learners can expect to meet the following learning outcomes:

+ Describe the roles that board members fill on different types of nonprofit boards.
+ Define the required elements for new board member orientation.
+ Develop strategic goals for a nonprofit board.
+ Model ethical behaviors as a board member.
+ Create strategies for building team approaches for the board of directors.
+ Develop skills to be a coach, mentor, and leader within the role of a board member.
+ Conduct an annual board evaluation.
+ Describe the unique operating considerations of faith-based boards.
+ Troubleshoot strategies for solving problems within the board.
+ Describe the differences between being a working board member and a governing board member role.

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