Yes, you’ve served on many boards before and have great experience…but have you received any formal training? There are multiple resources available that offer excellent board member training - whether it be learning the role of a certain office, how to get the board to work better together or how to plan and set goals.The topics are endless.

While board orientation is intended for new board members, boards may also want to consider starting out a new year with some form of group training. This training is best offered by a professional knowledgeable in board roles and responsibilities. Both National CASA and state CASA organizations offer support services that include board training. Also many states have nonprofit associations that present low cost training options. In addition, check with your local United Way or community foundations to get suggestions for training offered in your immediate area.

Participating in trainings with fellow board members will be extremely beneficial for the organization. Each board takes on its own personality, and as members join and leave that character changes. Participating together in training not only imparts new knowledge to the board as a whole, but also builds a relationship that sets the tone for how the board will work towards its future goals.

What if your board members don’t want to participate in training?  That usually happens because people have had a bad experience with past training. Make sure you spend the time to interview the person who is presenting the training and work on creating a meaningful and interesting event. Serve food, have the training at a fun place, don’t have the training last too long. Get the feedback of your fellow board members on what venue they would like and what days work best. The more they have a hand in the planning, the more engaged they will be in the event. Asking them to show up Saturday afternoon for some unnamed training session is a ticket to disaster. Board presidents should play a big role in generating enthusiasm for the meeting and perhaps call members who haven’t committed to attending.

Additional Resources

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