March 28, 2012 • 1pm-4pm  •  San Luis Obispo, CA

The Board of Directors is the primary group of people entrusted with and accountable for the leadership and governance of a nonprofit corporation. Your nonprofit organizational effectiveness is strongly related to board effectiveness.

In a 2007 survey of more than 5,100 nonprofits, only a fraction reported their boards being actively engaged in duties traditionally considered to be part of the board’s basic responsibilities including fundraising, financial oversight, evaluating the CEO/executive director, planning for the future, setting organizational policy, monitoring programs and policies, community relations, educating the public about the organization and its mission, monitoring the board’s own performance, and acting as a sounding board for management.

This session will begin to explore these areas to assist existing and prospective board members in performing their core responsibilities in support of the organization mission.
Upon completing this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Complete a board self-assessment
  • Communicate the purpose of a nonprofit board of directors
  • Describe the core responsibilities of board members
  • Access a variety of free and low cost board development resources
  • Recognize the stages of the nonprofit life-cycle
  • Identify action steps to enhance individual board performance


To Register: contact SPOKES Resources for Nonprofits

$75.00 for a Spokes Member
$40.00 for an additional Member from the same organization

$90.00 non-member

(Note: Companion discounts do not apply to non-member organizations)

Spokes faculty member Mary Beth Lepkowsky, M.Ed. is a trainer, facilitator and Certified Professional Coach with more than 25 years experience serving nonprofit and public sector organizations. She is the owner of Pathways Facilitation Services, specializing in leadership and organizational development, board development, strategic planning, and convening community conversations. She is passionate about helping people work together more effectively to create positive change.

Mary Beth is also employed as Organizational Development Manager for Tri-Counties Regional Center, a collaborative partner of Helen Sanderson Associates, an international training and development consultancy, and a Person Centered Thinking trainer, certified by the international Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. She holds a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus on training and development, and a Bachelor Degree in Child Development. Originally from Massachusetts, Mary Beth enjoys living in the Santa Ynez Valley with her husband and two sons. 

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