Clay County Board Member Development
What is the Clay County Board Member Development?
The top priority of Clay County organizations in the 2020 survey was the recruitment of a high-quality board of directors. This cohort program, designed to increase the pipeline of potential and diverse Board members and support new Board members for Clay organizations, is held over three program days and focuses on preparing Board members for their Board service. The curriculum includes roles and responsibilities, fundraising, strategic planning and thinking, finances, risk management, and meeting facilitation from a Board member perspective. It is specifically for volunteers who are new to Board service, because we believe that better trained Board members will lead to stronger, more strategic organizations.
Why does the Clay County Board Member Development focus on diversity?
Finding and recruiting the right pool of board members plays a significant role in the sustainability of a nonprofit organization. Many organizations struggle to effectively recruit diverse pools of board members because they rely heavily on the social and professional networks of current board members to find new candidates.
Significant research shows that composing a diverse board is crucial for the long-term success of organizations. Diversity is often reduced to singular factors, such as race or ethnicity, but is much more complex and layered. A truly diverse board should contain not only a mix of racial and ethnic backgrounds, but also diversity of experience, ability, social identity, connection to community, leadership style, and diversity of thought and background. The Nonprofit Center believes that board diversity is a crucial issue for local nonprofits to address.
What happens in the Clay County Board Member Development?
- Note: If you are new to/already serving as a board member for a Clay nonprofit, you can use this current placement for this part of the program. We will just ask your current board to identify a mentor and work with you on program learning and expectations.
The program will consist of three mandatory sessions:
- Tuesday, May 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 28 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The application deadline for this year has passed. Please check back for future opportunities or reach out to Program Director, Callan Brown at CBrown@NonprofitCtr.org for more info.