Building Your Nonprofit Board - The Smart Way

Learn how to develop a strong, visionary board and maximize your mission with this simple system.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

Many nonprofit leaders find themselves struggling for a clear direction without all the chaos. They are looking for committed volunteers they can count on to maximize the mission. If you want a more engaged board, more active volunteers, access to more resources and less stress, you’ll want to take this video training!

·There are 3 videos sections with 13 mini-videos designed for easy watching - whenever you want and you have lifetime access! (approx. 2 hours long total)

·These videos are packed with actionable content; I’ll be covering 9 topics all related to building your board.

·PLUS I give you a simple, downloadable 19-page Guide Book where you can take notes and answer questions that I developed to speed up how you can apply what you learn to your work; the appendix has a few templates for your use also.

·BONUS – free access to me via the discussion board or email, so I can continue to support your work!

What are the requirements?

  • Any nonprofit leader - volunteer or staff - who works with board members will benefit. Things like organization size, type of mission, or how long you've been established do not matter. Be sure you have headphones, or a quiet place to listen through your device's speaker so you can hear clearly. Your guide book is needed to support your learning as you enjoy these videos, so print it out and grab a pen.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 1. Demonstrate how The Impact Triangle can dramatically change your results – mindset, relationships and winning practices
  • 2. Identify why a clear vision and strategic priorities are critical to your success and how to leverage that vision
  • 3. Explain how a board development committee can function as an essential part of your smart system.
  • 4. Outline the 6 smart steps in selecting excellent board members
  • 5. Ensure you are ready to provide a dynamic, relevant and successful orientation for new members
  • 6. Outline the 6 smart steps to increasing engagement among board members so you can increase impact; and an additional 5 more smart steps related to engaging board members individually!
  • 7. Examine how you can effectively provide development opportunities for your board members
  • 8. Outline the 4 smart steps to evaluating board performance as part of creating a culture of accountability.
  • 9. Introduce the 5 smart steps in succession planning so you can institutionalize your leadership practices.

Who is the target audience?

  • Nonprofit board members
  • Executive Directors
  • Senior Staff

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Three sections - 9 topics, tons of content, tangible action steps support by your guide book! Examine how mindset, relationships and winning practices come together to Build Your Strong Board!

Section 2: Smart Recruiting

Learn how your strategic goals affect your approach to building your board.


Discover winning practices: assess needs, identify candidates, nominate, vet them, interview, select and approve.


What kind of leader will you choose to be? Use your guide book as a tool to support your work.

Section 3: Smart Engagement

Section preview; Examine how you're approaching recruitment now, and learn how to maximize your current realtionships.


Doing things well from the start matters - learn about wininng practices for format, content and process.


From mentors to committee work, communication, check-ins and social events - you'll have a full toolkit of ways to keep board members interested and participating.


How much do you know about each board member? Learn 5 ways to deepen the relationship for a stronger commitment.


Hear how it works in a real example, and look forward to the next section.

Section 4: Your Smart Future - Sustainability

Your board members want to be their best. Here are some ways to present opportunities for them to learn and grow.


Create a culture of accountability and continuous improvement with these steps.


You don't want to start from scratch every year. Develop a plan for stability in your organization.

Section 5: It's Your Turn - the Action Plan

Outline your simple plan for building a stronger board - and commit! Then report in for ongoing support.

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Instructor Biography

Cindi Phallen, Strategy Consultant for Nonprofits

Cindi is the founder and President of Create Possibility, where she teaches leaders of social organizations how to improve organizational effectiveness and accelerate impact in the community. Pulling from her experience of leading nonprofits across the U.S., Cindi provides strategy consulting, speaking services, trainings, retreat facilitation, and executive coaching on topics related to board development, organizational transition and development, fundraising, leadership and strategic planning.

She has won numerous awards throughout her career, and is an expert at navigating change. She served as a member of the executive leadership team for the YMCA of San Diego County, the second largest Y in the country. Cindi has learned first-hand how to navigate the pain points of operating nonprofits and achieve remarkable results.

Her new book “The Impact Triangle,” was released to early praise and is recommended as mandatory reading for Executive Directors. It focuses on the three essentials necessary to increase impact – mindset, relationships and winning practices.

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