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Board Leadership is an engaging, virtual training series that develops participants’ knowledge and skills to effectively serve on a non-profit board. The program, a partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), provides a powerful combination of statewide expertise with local vision and insight to develop high-performing board members and leaders throughout the Mohawk Valley for maximum community impact.

NYCON delivers the core trainings, which are balanced with region-specific “fireside chat” sessions facilitated by CLE with community leaders. The curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of the nonprofit model and the governance responsibilities associated with board service. 

Why Board Leadership?

Board Leadership is ideal for individuals interested in learning how to maximize their time, talents, and ties on behalf of an organization.

You'll participate in six modules focusing on board dynamics, roles, and responsibilities; the strategic planning process and benchmarks for success; fiduciary oversight; funding development roles, responsibilities, and strategies; and the board-building cycle. You will:

  • Gain an understanding of the non-profit sector and the legal framework that governs non-profit organizations, and an overview of board roles and responsibilities.
  • Explore the dynamics of board-building and placement, including recruiting, diversity and inclusion, and skills/personal fit.
  • Learn about the strategic planning process and the importance of outcomes-based planning.
  • Develop your understanding of the financial structure of non-profit organizations and a board's role in financial management and fundraising.
  • Attend a board meeting simulation or observation in real time and get experience through board mentorship/internship opportunities.

Module Breakdown 

Module 1: Board Dynamics, Roles, and Responsibilities 

February 14, 2023

Provides essential background on the nonprofit sector, including a board's legal obligations, roles and responsibilities, and the actions and culture that serve to move an organization forward. 

Module 2: Running Effective Meetings and Decision Making

February 28, 2023

Analyzes agenda setting, committee reporting, executive director reporting, and how motions are made and acted on to plan effective meetings and demonstrate effective meeting facilitation techniques.

Module 3: Board Building and Placement

March 14, 2023

Reviews the board-building cycle and the questions potential board members should ask themselves before joining a board. 

Module 4: Strategic Directions

March 28, 2023

Explores the strategic planning process and clarifies the potential roles of board members, committee members, staff members, consumers, funders, donors, and other stakeholders in the planning process. 

Module 5: Fundraising and Resource Development

April 11, 2023

Focuses on how a board fulfills its responsibilities for providing access to financial resources through support of fundraising and by personal giving. 

Module 6: Financial Oversight

April 25, 2023

Examines the fiduciary duties of boards, nonprofit financials, and risk management needs within federal, state, and local laws.  


Spring 2023, 4-6 p.m., via Zoom


Current nonprofit board members and CEOs, as well as anyone who has never served on a board, but may be interested.


$40 per person, per session

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Mele Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties