Board Masters (Omaha)
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Board Masters (Omaha)

Nonprofit boards need strong skills and a thorough understanding of their role to serve effectively. We cover the most important aspects of board governance in this interactive program. You'll leave with clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors as a governing body and a plan to make your board the best it can be.

 Export to Your Calendar 8/22/2019
When: Aug 22, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: NAM Training Room
11205 Wright Circle Suite 210
Omaha, NE  68144
Contact: Rosey Higgs

Online registration is available until: 8/19/2019
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Nonprofit boards need strong skills and a thorough understanding of their role to serve effectively. In this interactive, intensive session, we cover the most important aspects of board governance. You'll leave with clarity about the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors as a governing body, a thorough understanding of the roles of staff members versus board members, and tools you can use to make your board the best it can be.  




  • What it means to be legally and socially accountable for your organization

  • Principles of sound financial oversight

  • The board’s role in fundraising

  • The role of the board as "employer”  

  • Board conduct and how to develop a well-rounded, effective board of directors




The session is organized around the nine responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors:

  1. Determining the mission 
  2. Establishing the vision and strategic direction 
  3. Monitoring programs and service delivery 
  4. Assuring legal and bylaws compliance 
  5. Overseeing the organization’s finances and protecting its assets 
  6. Fundraising 
  7. Community relations 
  8. Selecting, supporting, and evaluating the executive director 
  9. Building the competency of the board 



Board Masters is intended for current and potential board members who:

  • Want to better understand the role of a nonprofit board

  • Want to be a better board member.

  • Want to learn about nonprofit governance 

  • Wonder whether their board is fulfilling its role

  • Despite their passion for the organization, are feeling disengaged and/or untapped as a board member 


Board Masters is suitable for organizations big and small, regardless of mission focusTo get the maximum benefit of this training, we strongly encourage at least one board member and one senior-level staff member attend together. We do not recommend this training for a nonprofit staff member attending without a board member present. 



NAM Members: $125 per person

Not-Yet Members: $250 per person

Fees include all materials and refreshments.



Your Trainers


Robert Patterson has been with Kids Can Community Center for over 19 years, starting as Program Director, then Assistant Executive Director, and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2010.  He is active with many nonprofits including Komen Great Plains, Film Streams, and Digg Site Productions.  Robert is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership, Leadership Omaha and the Nonprofit Executive Institute.  Robert holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Masters in Management Degree from Bellevue University and holds a Certificate for Fundraising Executives (CFRE). 



Lynda Shafer was named Leader Leader for the Greater Omaha Chamber in January of 2017. In that role, she has overall responsibility for the Chamber’s community, professional and civic leadership development programs. 


An active community trustee, Lynda has served on numerous boards, including the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, the Citizen Advisory Review Committee for the City of La Vista and the Butler-Gast YMCA. She currently serves on the inCOMMON board. Lynda is an ordained elder and deacon at Faith Presbyterian Church in La Vista and secretary of the Agape Mission Trust board.  Lynda was named as a 2009 honoree at the WCA’s Annual Tribute to Women. She is a graduate of Leadership Nebraska Class 2. 


Lynda earned her Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from The Ohio State University. She and her husband Chuck, a native of New Jersey, live in La Vista. Their twin millennial sons and their wives live in Omaha.