Board Leadership Academy

Governance Basics

Ron Kratofil, Goodwill Keystone Area
Rick Conley, Primary Staffing

Understand the role of governance in a nonprofit organization.

  • Understand what the term "nonprofit" really means
  • Identify the moral owners of your nonprofit organization
  • Create a job description for your Board of Directors
  • Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of Boards and Directors
  • Learn the essential elements of a "model" mission statement
  • Discuss special challenges for organizations without paid staff

Building Effective Boards

Ron Kratofil, Goodwill Keystone Area
Rick Conley, Primary Staffing

  • Learn the practical application of the concepts discussed in the Governance module.
  • Recruit and retain a high-performing Board of Directors
  • Run effective Board meetings
  • Develop a meaningful committee structure
  • Use Mission, Vision, and Values to guide organizational behavior
  • Learn the role of the Board Chair, the Executive Committee, and CEO and staff
  • Discuss basic organizational accountability and oversight
  • Evaluate performance at all levels

Strategic Planning

Geoff Davis, Conversations, Inc.

Prepare to undergo a strategic-planning process or to critique an existing plan.

  • Use strategic plans to chart the future of an organization
  • Differentiate between strategic, operational, and financial plans
  • Understand the roles of the Board of Directors and Staff in the planning process
  • Develop a model strategic plan
  • Learn about the implementation and monitoring components of planning

Finance & Oversight

Wayne Groff, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher

Prepare board members for the financial oversight of an organization

  • Understand government regulations
  • Make sense of the "Big 3" financial reports
  • Use financial ratios to assess organizational strengths
  • Develop an organizational budget
  • Learn how to build a transparent organization
  • Discuss picking an auditor


Kedren Crosby, SouthEast Lancaster Health
Stacie Reidenbaugh, Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity

Prepare board members for their role as fundraisers for the organization

  • Learn board roles and responsibilities in resource development
  • Discuss basic fundraising concepts
  • Enhance the fundraising capabilities of your board
  • Develop a program that works for your organization

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