WANT TO SERVE ON A BOARD BUT AREN'T SURE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OR SKILLS YOU NEED?
Join the United Way of North Central Iowa's Board Orientation and Leadership Development (BOLD) series to learn more about board service, receive training, and find organizations with board or committee opportunities that match your skills and passions. This educational series was created to equip emerging leaders with the skills needed to serve on boards, increase the diversity of boards across the counties of Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth Counties.
BOLD Series Details
- BOLD Features six webinars about the skills or responsibilities related to board service.
- To graduate, participants are required to pass a final questionnaire regarding what they learned.
This webinar series is designed to introduce the principles of board leadership to those interested in serving but not sure where to start. Each training session includes a recorded interview with a local expert on the topic, related podcasts, and reading materials. Read the material and listen to the podcast prior to watching the video series.
If at any time, you have questions or comments, please contact Jen Arends at 641-423-1774 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Session One: Board Basics and Working with Nonprofit Management
Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future. In this session, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of what it means to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.
Materials include a podcast from Succesfulnonprofits.com about the four predictors of board performance and four articles on the topics of board roles and responsibilities, board member job descriptions, nonprofit essentials, and a glossary with nonprofit terms.
To complete this section, listen to the podcast and read the articles before moving onto our recorded interview with local board expert Kim Pang.
Powerpoint Slides: /sites/unitedwaynci.org/files/BOLD/Board%20BASICS.pdf
Session Two: Governance and Strategic Planning
Board Members play an integral role in the governance and strategic direction of the organizations they steward. In this session, you will be introduced to the role the Board plays in governance, the relationship between the Board Chair and the Chief Executive, and the role of strategic planning in the success of an organization.
Materials include a podcast from joangarry.com about the importance of strategic direction in a nonprofit and four articles on the topics of board chair and chief executive partnerships, mission, and vision statements, recommended board practices, and the three stages of the nonprofit board lifecycle.
To complete this section, listen to the podcast and read the articles before moving onto our recorded interview with local board expert Elizabeth Faber.
Session Three: Advocacy and Public Engagement
Nonprofit boards understand that public policy affects the work of their organization. Advocacy is any behavior or action that speaks in support of, recommends, argues for or otherwise defends or pleads for a cause, mission, or organization that benefits others. In other words, it's using your voice to amplify what you and your organization are passionate about.
Materials include a podcast from nonprofitally.com and a short PowerPoint from BoardSource.
To complete this section, listen to the podcast and read the articles before moving onto our recorded interview with local board expert Mary Ingham.