Dates: Each module is downloadable and self-paced and is designed to be viewed individually by each board member as his/her schedule permits
Run Time: Each download module is 2 hours.
Leader: Brad Lebowsky, MBA, Nonprofit Consultant
Credits: Each session awarded 2 credit hours by HRCI and 2 PDCs by SHRM
Price: $1195 for the 5 downloads (Share the download links with each of your board members)
Audience: Board members, executive directors, CEOs, etc.
Your organization’s board members serve because they believe in your organization; they believe in your mission and want to contribute to your nonprofit’s successes. Your board members are volunteers and while they are often generous with their time, they only have a limited amount of time to give you. Their primary responsibilities and foci are often elsewhere. They may also come from diverse backgrounds often with little knowledge of the nonprofit world. Most exacerbating of all, however, they are likely to see their roles as board members differently than how you see them contributing.
Recruiting and managing your board is one of your most important tasks but can at times seem your most difficult one. Your new and current board members need training. This is the most effective way they can develop and nurture the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully fulfill their responsibilities and to make serving on your board a rewarding experience. Training should cover both nonprofit operations as well as possible future strategic developments. Finding the time for training, however, given the part-time nature of your board may be a challenge. This is especially true when balanced against the other responsibilities of board members relating to governance, fundraising, participating in public events, and the like. So, how can you provide the necessary training when time is at a premium?
The Board of Directors Training & Certificate Program may be the answer you are looking for. The program consists of 5 two-hour webinar modules in downloadable format that are self-paced and designed to be viewed by each of your board members on a schedule of their choosing. All you have to do is forward the download links to your board members. Each session focuses on a different area of nonprofit operations. When all your board members have finished viewing the five modules, you can email us their names, and we will send you personalized certificates for each member of the board. These attractive certificates from E-Learning Pro LLC are suitable for framing and will attest to the fact that your board members understand the importance and value of the training they have just completed.
Participating in the Board of Directors Training & Certificate Program offers your board the training they will need to keep up with and ahead of the challenges they’ll likely face both in the short run and over the longer term. In addition, you’ll be demonstrating for your staff, community, and other interested stakeholders the importance of continuing education in a fast-changing operating environment and helping to establish your organization as an industry leader in the area of directors training.
Each of the five modules is two hours in length–a total of 10 hours of board of directors training. Each download focuses on an area of nonprofit management that board members need to be familiar with to be successful. Below are the abbreviated topic outlines for each of the five download sessions:
Session 1‒People Skills
Leadership. Vision and Values, Managing Change, Public Relations, Community Development, Professional Development
Session 2‒Strategic and Financial Management
Mission, Strategic Planning, Budgeting and Financial Management, Program Development, Measuring Program Effectiveness, Financial Statements and Reports, Technology Planning
Session 3‒Governance and Government Relations
Board of Directors Responsibilities, Directors and Executive Director Working Together, Form 990 Preparation, Johnson Amendment, Directors Handbook, Overview of Federal and State Regulations
Session 4‒Fundraising and Grants
Executive Director Responsibilities, Board Responsibilities, Major Donor Program, Other Fundraising Programs, Donor Retention, Overview of State Regulations, Sourcing and Implementing Private and Public Grants
Session 5‒Human Resources & Training and Development
Middle and Senior Staff Responsibilities, Volunteers, Overview of Federal and State Employment Laws and Regulations, Employee and Volunteer Handbooks, Skill Based and Management Training
Each of the five download sessions is presented by Brad Lebowsky. Brad earned his MBA with an emphasis on nonprofit management specializing in finance and budgeting. He has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience and is a sought-after speaker, author, and nonprofit consultant. His areas of expertise include budgeting, finance, grant writing, strategic planning, board training, retention of donors, employees, volunteers, and professional development.
Brad has worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations helping them to improve their performance and better fulfill their missions. In the current period of economic uncertainty Brad has a demonstrated track record of assisting his clients to improve their operations and to identify and take advantage of new opportunities as they arise.
Brad can be reached at Brad@4NEA.com. As a speaker, author, consultant, or podcast host of the NEA Podcast on iTunes and wherever you find your podcasts, his overriding goals are to grow people, communities, and resources for nonprofit organizations across the country.