Board Bound Leadership

A course for board members to prepare them for their roles in leadership, governance, assessment, and fundraising

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Course Description:

This course is for board members of nonprofit organizations, those who have been invited to serve on a nonprofit board, and those who aspire to be board members. This course is divided into four modules, each with two lessons within the module.

Module 1: Lessons 1 & 2 Leadership: Leadership versus Governance

We will cover:

  • You as a Leader
  • Transitioning from for-profit to nonprofit thinking
  • The five essential elements of intentional leadership
    • Holder of vision and values
    • Creator of collaboration and innovations
    • Influencer of leadership
    • Advocator for agency and community
    • Calibrator of responsibly and accountability

Module 2: Lessons 3 & 4: Governance: Roles, Responsibility, Compliance

We will cover:

  • The relationship between boards and the CEO
  • What success looks like
  • Ethic
  • Profit versus impact
  • Board roles and responsibilities:
    • Legal and financial issues
    • Identification, recruitment, and orientation of board members
    • Board/staff relations
    • Board meetings
    • Board committees
    • Competing governance models
    • Board member motivation and accountability

Module 3: Lesson 5 & 6 Fundraising: Being a Champion of Sustainability

We will cover:

  • Is your house in order for fundraising?
  • Fundraising strategies and when to use them
  • Donor-centered fundraising
  • Understanding where your organization s in its fundraising cycle
  • The donor pyramid
  • The fundraising effectiveness ladder
  • Fundraising the SMART Way
  • The board’s role in the four major functions of fundraising:
    • Identification
    • Cultivation
    • Solicitation
    • Stewardship

Module 4: Lessons 7 & 8: Assessment: Internal and External

We will cover:

Program Assessment:

  • How effective are your programs?
  • How to measure outcomes


  • Evaluating the board as a whole
  • Evaluating individual board member performance
  • Board recruitment to address areas of need


  • The development audit
  • The Leaky Bucket
  • Addressing areas of weakness: Fixing the leaks

After watching Ms. Linda Lysakowski’s one-hour live Board Bound Leadership webinar, I immediately signed up for the 8-session Board Bound Leadership course. The eight one-hour lessons are clearly presented by Dr. Victoria Boyd and Ms. Lysakowski. There is no expiration date to the lessons. The lessons can be downloaded to be viewed at your convenience. The handouts are very helpful. Victoria and Linda share their insights from years of experience of working with nonprofits. Even if you have read several books on board leadership, taken other webinars, you will learn valuable leadership principles so that you can become a more effective board leader.

Joe Drago

Your Instructor

Linda Lysakowski
Linda Lysakowski

Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE, is the author of Recruiting and Training Fundraising Volunteers; The Development Plan; Fundraising as a Career: What, Are You Crazy?; Capital Campaigns: Everything You NEED to Know; Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign workbook, Raise More Money from Your Business Community; Raise More Money from Your Business Community—The Workbook; Fundraising for the GENIUS; a contributing author to The Fundraising Feasibility Study—It’s Not About the Money and YOU and Your Nonprofit Board; co-editor of YOU and Your Nonprofit and The Nonprofit Consulting Handbook; and co-author of The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook, The Leaky Bucket: What’s Wrong With Your Fundraising…And How You Can Fix It, Nonprofit Strategic Planning, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Creating Your Development Plan, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Developing Your Case for Support, and The New Donor. Her latest book, CharityChannel’s Quick Guide to Board Giving will be released this spring. She has also written in the fiction realm, having published The Matriarch and The Face of Jesus. Linda has more than thirty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector and has created dozens of development plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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