Powerhouse Boards is the in-person version of the online Nonprofit Board Certificate Course available at no cost to nonprofits in Chelan, Okanogan, Douglas, and Grant Counties.

Powerhouse boards bring an 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 that comes when a group of people comes together and really makes a difference.

Over this day-long workshop, we will cover the three chapters of board leadership:

Build an effective 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. By the end of this session, you will have a clear sense of what you do and why, be able to explain this purpose to someone outside your organization and use this understanding to build a recruitment plan for your future board.

Know the Job: Roles and Responsibilities

The right people will be ready to serve if they know the job and basic skills needed to do it. This includes how to read financial statements and follow the law when it comes to state and federal compliance. By the end of this session, you will know the roles and responsibilities of a board member. You will be able to “speed read” your way through a balance sheet and income statement, and you will have basic knowledge on what you need to do to follow the law.

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. Since so much work happens at meetings, we’ll talk about ways to make meetings effective. 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.


Using our 24-page workbook, you will have ample time with colleagues to reflect on your practice and plan how you will implement new ideas. You will leave this session feeling more confident and connected to your mission and others in your community. You will have concrete next steps to implement in the next month to help your board become a powerhouse board.

Nancy is a teacher and nonprofit leader who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Nonprofit Association of Washington’s Boards in Gear, Finance Unlocked, Let's Go Legal, and Strategic Planning in Nonprofits and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington and the U.S. She currently leads Nancy Bacon Consulting, a practice focused on learning and leadership in the nonprofit sector. In 2021, Nancy created the Nonprofit Learning Center with Margaret Schulte. www.nonprofitlearning.center.

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Sponsored by Nonprofit Practices Institute in partnership with the North Central Accountable Community of Health.

Brought to you by the Nonprofit Learning Center.



Xitlali Cruz


I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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