Board Boot Camp
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Nonprofit Board Training Series


A nonprofit board of directors is responsible for defining the organization’s mission and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. A nonprofit board actively sets policy and ensures that the organization has adequate resources to carry out its mission. The board provides direct oversight and direction for the executive director and is responsible for evaluating his/her performance. A nonprofit board also has a responsibility to evaluate its own effectiveness, in upholding the public interest(s) served by the organization. - Guidelines & Principles for Nonprofit Excellence


NAM’s Board Boot Camp offers essential training for new and experienced board members, providing them with practical information, resources, and tools that they can put to use right away to further their organizations’ missions.

Board Boot Camp was developed in partnership with Leadership Omaha, Omaha Community Foundation, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, UNO’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service, United Way of the Midlands and the Women’s Fund of Omaha. 


 Board Boot Camp includes:

  • Six sessions led by local governance experts
  • Networking and peer-learning opportunities
  • Tools and resources to share with your board

This series is for you if:

  • You’re new to nonprofit governance
  • You wonder whether your board is covering all of its bases
  • You want to help make the board better and you’re not sure what steps to take
  • Or, despite your passion for the organization, you are feeling disengaged and/or untapped as a board member

2017 Dates:

Stay tuned for upcoming training dates.

Series Overview:

Mission and Vision

It is essential that the board determine and own the mission. Board and staff leadership must share a vision for what they want the organization to be accomplishing in the future. An organization without a shared mission, vision and a plan for how to get there is like a ship at sea without a compass. In this session, attendees will acquire fundamental tools for achieving the board’s first and foremost responsibility, while also learning about other basic board responsibilities.

Board Structure and Committees

Just as nonprofit organizations have life cycles, their boards have life cycles too.  Knowing where you are in relationship to these cycles can help you determine where to put your energy in terms of board and organizational development. In this session, attendees will learn how board committees are essential to the functioning and success of the organization through participating in several exercises and engaging in discussions about board service and self-assessment.

Finances & Compliance

While most board members understand that financial oversight is one of their responsibilities, they are too frequently ready to hand-off that responsibility to one or two board members with financial acumen. However, every board member shares fiscal responsibility for the organization—if financial wrongdoing is discovered, there are no “get out of jail free” cards. So, how do you determine whether you are living up to this responsibility? In this session, attendees will learn tips for staying in legal compliance and gain insights on how to read and prepare essential financial and governance documents for nonprofits.

Board Recruitment and Team Building

Perhaps one of the most important legacies we can provide to any organization is to ensure that we leave it stronger than when we began. This includes the board too! So, how do we get the people with the knowledge, skills and experiences on our boards to achieve the organization’s vision and goals, and how do we to commit to an ongoing process of governance improvement? This session will give attendees a roadmap for building competency within the board.

Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

How do you make your good board great? How do you utilize a board expectations agreement as a basis for board evaluation criteria? In this session, attendees will unlock the secrets to assessing (and improving) meetings, board member evaluation and self-assessment, and how to establish a powerful committee to coordinate these strategies.

Strategy and Decision Making

Most people join boards to make a difference. When board members can effectively work at the fiduciary, strategic, and visionary levels, they know where their organization is headed and how it will get there. The engaged board member asks the right questions, determines strategic priorities, and participates in action planning, setting the right course for the future. In this session, attendees get a clear picture of the space board members are asked to dwell as directors to truly make a difference.