Tennessee Nonprofit Network

Nonprofit Board Essentials

Nonprofit Governance Training Has Never Been So Easy

Nonprofit Board Essentials, an online learning opportunity for you and your board members, is an easy, practical way to learn board governance best practices outside of the classroom. This asynchronous learning includes six modules ranging from legal compliance to diversity & inclusion to the board/CEO relationship. Board members can learn at their own pace, and the modules include supplemental materials which can be downloaded and immediately used by participants. Nonprofit Board Essentials is a learning journey that includes the voices of more than 15 local nonprofit leaders. This course is a perfect introduction for new board members and a great refresher for current board members!

This is a learn-at-your-own-pace training. Only $100 for 15 hours of training!

Course Outline

  • Video: Welcome to Nonprofit Board Essentials
  • Navigating the Course
  • Module 1 Overview
  • Reading: What is a Nonprofit?
  • The Board Structure
  • Common Nonprofit Terms
  • Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code
  • Video: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong
  • Reading: Why Nonprofit Values are So Awesome
  • Module 2 Overview
  • Your Duties as a Board Member
  • Board Member Basics
  • What Every Board Member Should Know: State of Tennessee
  • Did You Know? Little-Known Legal Compliance Issues
  • Characteristics of Great Board Members
  • The Board’s Role/The CEO’s role
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Standards for Excellence: Conflicts of Interest Resource Packet
  • Audio: Confessions of a Terrible Board Member
  • Helpful Links
  • Module 3 Overview
  • Board Officer Responsibilities
  • Inside the Mind of the Board Chair
  • Characteristics of Great Board Officers
  • Video: Inside the Board Chair/CEO Relationship Part 1
  • Video: Inside the Board Chair/CEO Relationship Part 2
  • Tips from an Expert
  • Effective Board Meetings
  • A Study of the Board/CEO Relationship
  • Standards for Excellence: Board Chair/CEO Relationship Resource Packet
  • Standards for Excellence: Board and Executive Partnerships Resource Packet
  • Standards for Excellence: Board Member Composition Resource Packet
  • Helpful Links
  • Module 4 Overview
  • Video: Board Fundraising Overview
  • The Board’s Fundraising Responsibilities
  • Addressing the Board’s Fundraising Anxieties
  • Network for Good: Homer Simpson for Nonprofits
  • Tip Sheet: Saying Thank You to Donors
  • Helpful Links
  • Module 5 Overview
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Defined
  • Equity vs. Equality
  • Video: The Danger of a Single Story
  • If Your Board Looked Like Your Community
  • How to Create a Diverse Board of Directors and Empower It to Thrive
  • Key Questions Board Members Should Ask
  • Video: How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative
  • Awake to Woke to Work: Building A Race Equity Culture
  • Achieving Diversity on a Nonprofit Board
  • Understanding the Existence and Impact of Systemic Inequities
  • The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity
  • Vital Voices: Lessons Learned from Board Members of Color
  • Module 6 Overview
  • Video: Succession Planning Overview
  • A Recipe for CEO Succession Planning
  • Succession Planning Task Force Responsibilities
  • Annual Board Checklist
  • Standards for Excellence Succession Planning Resource Packet
  • Emergency Succession Plan Template
  • Audio: Raising the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders
  • Helpful Links

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