West Branch, Mich.—A strong board is the foundation of a strong nonprofit organization. The Board Basics workshop is the signature course of the Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series. For the past five years, it has provided a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of board members, as well as a strong understanding of board governance and the skills to lead an organization to success. This year, Board Basics will be offered in West Branch for the first time with support from the North Central Michigan Community Foundation, which serves Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. The workshop will be held on March 20, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.
Board Basics will be presented by Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, founder of Blackbird Nonprofit Consulting, who focuses on her passion of working with boards to help them understand their governance role and build engagement. She holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from Notre Dame University and a Master's in Social Work from Florida State University.
The Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series was established to build a strong network of nonprofits and community groups in the region through a partnership between Huron Pines, the Otsego Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM). Recent support from CFNEM’s affiliate foundation, the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF), brings the Board Basics workshop to West Branch this year.
“Community foundation partnerships, along with the growing interest and engagement of our local organizations have allowed us to reach new cities and test new topics each year,” said Abby Ertel Huron Pines Community Engagement Lead. “Board Basics has been a favorite session with a lot of positive feedback over the years. We’re excited to introduce it to a new audience by bringing it to West Branch.”
Board Basics will be offered on March 20 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at 2389 M-76 (Michigan Works Building) in West Branch, followed by a one-hour brown bag lunch for troubleshooting current board challenges, facilitated by the presenter. Advance registration is required at huronpines.org/events and is $25. For questions or registration assistance contact (989) 448-2293 x21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.