Certificate in Board Governance

The Nonprofit Board Governance Rock Star Certificate series is a six-hour program over two evenings that covers the fundamental nonprofit governance concepts every nonprofit leader should understand and practice in a comprehensive and engaging way. If you want to serve a chosen organization with passion and true impact, this is the certificate for you.

In the first three-hour interactive session, you’ll explore case studies and learn best practices for board structure, roles and responsibilities of board members, and financial and legal oversight. Taught by NLC CEO Emily H. Benham, FAHP, CFRE, you'll leave with an understanding of how to:

  • Identify, recruit, orient and even release board members
  • Define a board-staff partnership and the board’s fundraising role
  • Set board responsibilities and keep members motivated and accountable
  • Avoid conflicts of interest

Emily will also facilitate a discussion between a guest nonprofit CEO and their board member from a local organization to explore how rock star board members and CEOs interact to achieve the greatest mission impact.

What exactly is an Executive Committee meeting, and when do you call one? What do all those financial reports mean? What questions should you be asking?

During the second three-hour session, you'll take a deeper dive into what makes rock star boards work so well. Learn the most efficient and effective ways to utilize committees and run your meetings. Nonprofit financial expert and NLC board member Nancy Ridenour, CPA, CFE, will join Emily to help you understand how to work with your board to operate at peak efficiency. After this session, you'll understand ...

  • How to plan and run a successful meeting
  • The board's role in financial oversight
  • Your nonprofit's financial statements
  • Budgeting and cash flow management
  • Audits and IRS filings

Please see current program schedule for upcoming Board Governance Rock Star Certificate training opportunities. Or, contact us at info@nlctb.org to schedule a custom board training for your organization and board

The Board Governance Rock Star Certificate is designed for nonprofit executives, their board members and/or business leaders who are interested in serving on a nonprofit board. Participants must attend and participate in both sessions to receive the certificate.

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