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Build a Great Board

Approved for 5 CFRE Hours

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We all want a five-star board. But how do we get there? It starts with the recruitment process, assessing your board’s needs, and finding the right people to serve. It continues with developing board leaders who strive for excellence and understand the importance of assessing their own effectiveness as a board. Effective board members will also be effective fundraisers for your organization. In this six-lesson course, you will learn:

  • How to assess your board performance, and the performance of individual board members
  • How to develop and use a board job description
  • How to find and recruit good board members
  • How to steer your board to excellence
  • How to turn your board members into star fundraisers.

Lesson Summary:

  • Lesson One: Building a 5 Star Board—roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Lesson Two: Assessing Your Bard—tools to help you and your board access their performance as a board and that of individual board members
  • Lesson Three: What Should the Board Look Like—how many board do you need, how many committees should you have, and how to create a diverse board
  • Lesson Four: Board Recruitment—get rid of your meeting committee—there’s a better way to do it!
  • Lesson Five: Steering Your Board to Excellence: Providing the board with the education, training, and inspiration they need to become effective leaders.
  • Lesson Six: The Board and Fundraising—ho to eliminate the three Gs of board fundraising, how to inspire them to give and get


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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