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Powerhouse Boards: What you need to know to powerfully achieve your mission

January 9, 2024 @ 12:00 am - January 23, 2024 @ 12:00 am


January 9, 16 , and 23 (Tuesdays)
4:00-6:00 pm Pacific | 7:00-9:00pm Eastern

“I really needed to be re-ignited on my board. This did the trick.”
“Inspirational, clarifying, grounding, necessary.”
“I believe this was worth every moment of my time.”

Powerhouse boards bring energy to their work. They make good decisions on behalf of their mission. They are nimble, influential, effective, and connected. You may have seen such a board in your community—maybe you serve on one. If so, you know the joy when a group of people comes together and makes a difference.

Powerhouse Boards is an interactive immersion into effective board practice. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get engaged in the sessions—even online!—because you will be applying lessons to your organization with colleagues across our region. Powerhouse Boards will leave you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and confidence you need to have a powerhouse board serving your mission.

Powerhouse Boards will be delivered over three two-hour sessions:

PART 1: Build a powerhouse board

Let’s start at the beginning to understand the core purpose of your organization and how you can assemble the right people to achieve your goals. When you have a clear sense of what you do and why, you can explain this purpose to people outside your organization—like potential funders, policymakers, and board members. You will understand how a diverse board sets you up for success and how to achieve greater diversity on your board. You will have a compass in hand to make decisions that will sustain your organization over time.

PART 2: Know the job

The right people will be ready to serve if they know the job and basic skills needed to do it. This includes the roles and responsibilities of any board member, as well as ways to customize the role to the people ready to serve. We will pull out the key information found in financial statements so you can make better decisions. We’ll review what every board member needs to know about staying legally compliant. We will discuss risk and ways to think about the risks most threatening your organization. Board members who stand with two feet on the job are better able to achieve a mission.

PART 3: Work well together

Boards have a lot on their plate, so let’s talk about tips and tools to help your board work well together. The number one barrier cited by board members is time, so let’s unpack how to be more effective, efficient, and expansive with the time you have! Since so much work happens at meetings, we’ll unpack the core elements of an effective meeting. You’ll learn how to use committees to make good decisions. And our favorite topic of all: how to get every board member involved in raising money for your organization. You’ll leave with “ready to go” ideas on how to bring in more money to better achieve your mission.


Powerhouse Boards was designed for board members and those who work closely with them, like Executive Directors and staff leaders. You will have opportunities to connect with your peers through breakout conversations. If you complete the course wishing your whole board were there, you will learn how to access the on-demand version of this course, the Nonprofit Board Certificate Program, at www.nonprofitlearning.center.

All participants will receive the 24-page Powerhouse Boards Workbook to use throughout the session and to keep as a planning tool. The workbook is available in English and Spanish.

The series is scheduled to be at a time when busy board members are able to attend. You are welcome to bring your dinner, a glass of wine, or a cup of tea. It is interactive, so be ready to participate between bites.


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January 9, 2024 @ 12:00 am
January 23, 2024 @ 12:00 am


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