Learning Best Practices for Nonprofit Board Membership

Wed Dec 9, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Cary Library Meeting Room

Abbie von Schlegell


Being a member of a nonprofit Board can be daunting.

This hands-on workshop is designed to help new and existing board members, senior managers, and staff from organizations of all sizes to understand the infrastructure necessary to have a high functioning board. It will focus on three specific areas:

1) Whom do you recruit to your board? The process begins with identifying what skills and expertise are needed, then establishing a procedure for selecting potential board members, and establishing clear expectations from the very first interaction.

2) What are the most important responsibilities of the board? Do board members really have to do fundraising? How do they learn what to do? What does that monitoring and approving the finances of the organization really mean?

3) How do you conduct the business of the board? The meetings, even monthly ones, seldom provide enough time to delve into issues and perform due diligence. The most productive boards have an effective committee structure and use those committees to accomplish a significant amount of the work.


Abbie von Schlegell, presenter

Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE has been in the development field for over 40 years, as a consultant with several national firms for half of her career and as a senior development officer with four institutions. She has special expertise in women’s philanthropy. She now heads her own firm, based in the Berkshires.

In 1990 she received the President’s Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in recognition of her service to the profession. Abbie achieved a special distinction in 2012, joining BoardSource as a Senior Governance Consultant.
BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. Through partnerships and alliances with other organizations, BoardSource reaches large numbers of nonprofit leaders and delivers publications and Web-based governance resources for nonprofits of all sizes and mission types.


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