Board Essentials

High-impact boards start with board members who understand their role and how best to bring their skills to the board table. Join CNE staff members Cindy Colson, Erica Holmes, and Brian Ullman on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 am for this session designed to give board members a jump start on effective board service. Drawing from CNE’s Board Academy curriculum and feedback from our members, this workshop will teach the key roles and responsibilities of board members, include interactive exercises for skills development, and provide a unique networking opportunity for community members engaging in board service.

Topics covered will include:

  • The unique role of the nonprofit sector
  • Characteristics of a high-impact board
  • Fiduciary duties of nonprofit boards
  • The board/CEO partnership
  • and more!

Participants will leave the workshop with a new understanding of their role as board members and the path to a high-impact board, as well as a toolkit of resource materials to take with them to the boardroom. This session is designed to make practical board training more readily available and to complement your organization’s own board orientation session or board education goals.  New board members of area nonprofits are encouraged to attend, as are more experienced board members who seek a refresher course to sharpen their board knowledge. Nonprofit leaders are also welcome; this is a great opportunity to engage your new board leadership!


We believe that nonprofit boards are strongest when they learn and strive for continuous improvement together. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on the total registration cost for our Board Essentials workshop when 3 or more board members (or staff) from the same organization attend the training together. If you’d like to take advantage of this discount, please send the names and emails of all participants with your organization's information to Summer Conley.

Please note:

  • This meeting will take place in-person.
  • Refunds will be issued for cancellations made 24 hours or more before the start of the training.
American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodations requests to Denisha Phipps.
Topic Governance
When April 10, 2024 9:30 am - April 10, 2024 12:00 pm
Where Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 1701-A Allied Street, Charlottesville
Trainer Cindy Colson, Erica Holmes, Brian Ullman
Member Fee $65.00
Non-Member Fee $115.00

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