The Pivotal Role of Boards

Date and Time: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 09:00 am to 12:00 pmLocation: Pennsylvania Humanities Council - 230 South Broad Street, Suite 403, Philadelphia, PA 19102


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While boards are the top of the organizational chart in every nonprofit, it could be argued that the board’s positive or negative impact is even more intense in smaller organizations simply because there are fewer people involved in the organization.

This class will discuss the role of the board specifically as it relates to organizational size, touching on key questions such as recruitment, board size, committee structure, term limits, fundraising, identifying needed skills and ensuring best practices that help strengthen your smaller organization.  You will learn how to build a board profile so that you seek out the necessary skills needed to carry out the board’s functions, how to write job descriptions and other necessary constructs that promote professionalism and performance while ensuring that the board sticks to its true role of governance.


Save $25 when you take all four classes for small nonprofits.  Use promo code: SMALL


SKU: N/A Categories: , Audience: Nonprofits with budgets of $250,000 or less, at least one full-time and one part-time employee, at least one year in existence; organizations working with a fiscal sponsor.

Event Location

Date: October 25th, 2019

Location: Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Address: 230 South Broad Street, Suite 403

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member $79
Non-Member $85


  • Laura Otten, Ph.D.

    Laura Otten, Ph.D., has been the director of The Nonprofit Center since 2001. She began her affiliation with The Nonprofit Center shortly after it was formed in the early 1980s, working as a consultant and trainer, primarily in the areas of board development, strategic planning and program evaluation and she continues to play these roles, in addition to providing direction and leadership to The Nonprofit Center’s educational, consulting, and leadership development programs.  In 2013, she helped launch and became the first director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership at La Salle University.  Laura  is a national expert in numerous aspects of nonprofit


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