THE NONPROFIT BOARD CERTIFICATE COURSE
We are excited to announce The Nonprofit Board Certificate Course, a new opportunity for your nonprofit's board members or anyone interested in serving on a board through an on-demand virtual course designed to help your board work together to better achieve your mission.
As you know, nonprofits keep our communities strong, and the people who run them need knowledge and tools to succeed. That's why we are partnering with the Nonprofit Learning Center to offer this course at no cost to nonprofits in Chelan, Okanogan, Grant, and Douglas Counties.
Through a series of interactive lessons and a hands-on workbook, the course delivers the information and tools you need to build a Powerhouse Board™ ready to serve. It's full of practical tips and checklists to bring a fresh perspective to board meetings, as well as day-to-day operations.
The online format lets you work through the materials in your choice of English or Spanish at your own pace. You can also schedule time at a retreat or board meeting to watch a video or complete some of the exercises together. However you decide to complete the course, we suggest you make time when board members are together to talk about what you are learning.
There is unlimited access to the course through 2025.
The Nonprofit Board Certificate Course is broken into four modules that cover the following:
Module 1: Welcome! The role of the board
- An overview of nonprofits
- The role of a board member
Module 2: Build an effective board
- Recruiting a purpose-centered board
- Board diversity & culture
Module 3: Know the job
- Board member roles & responsibilities
- Finance and law basics
Module 4: Work well together
- Effective board meetings
- The role of committees
- How to get all board members to raise money
The 24-page Nonprofit Board Certificate Workbook is available in both English and Spanish. It provides written exercises and prompts for your notes and next steps. The Powerhouse Board™ Checklist and Powerhouse Board™ Small Actions are included in the workbook. The total length of the course is about two hours, plus any time you spend making notes and completing the exercises.
If you are planning to do the course with your board, check out the Board Discussion Guide for ideas on how to best have these important conversations with your whole board.
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About the authors
The Nonprofit Board Certificate course was developed by Nancy Bacon and Margaret "Meps" Schulte. Nancy is a nonprofit educator who has taught thousands of boards across Washington. Meps is an instructional designer for the nonprofit sector who uses words, graphics, and technology to create engaging learning experiences.
We believe your mission matters. We hope the Nonprofit Board Certificate Course will help you become more informed and engaged, so you can serve your mission with joy.
Sponsored by Nonprofit Practices Institute in partnership with the North Central Accountable Community of Health.
Brought to you by the Nonprofit Learning Center.