Allison Howe

NonProfitConnect, a nonprofit committed to strengthening nonprofits and their boards, is offering a five-week BoardConnect series focused on building skills to serve on a nonprofit board. Sessions are held weekly on Thursdays beginning January 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $400. Visit www.nonprofitconnectnj.org or call 609-921-8893.

The program trains professionals to become active, productive, and high impact nonprofit trustees by providing them with an understanding of board roles and responsibilities and giving them a realistic understanding of the central New Jersey nonprofit landscape.

Topics covered in the sessions include governance, legal and fiduciary responsibilities, and fundraising. Following the training is a Meet & Greet Nonprofit “Fair” where NonProfitConnect facilitates introductions to area nonprofits in need of skilled and effective board members.

“Attendees at our program universally share their appreciation that BoardConnect prepares them to serve on a board and is a reflection of both our motivated, qualified participants and expert workshop leaders. A large number of our graduates also go on to serve in leadership roles on nonprofit boards,” NonProfitConnect Executive Director Allison Howe said.

BoardConnect also provides a custom board training for area corporations or businesses looking to enhance their corporate citizenship platforms. By training company employees on how to be effective board members, NonProfitConnect can help increase and strengthen a company’s community relations.

“Studies are showing that millennials and others are looking for higher levels of executive job satisfaction and greater commitment by their employer to create social good and make a community impact,” Howe said. “Encouraging board training and executive nonprofit board leadership, provides employees an avenue to connect with the community, strengthens the company’s social policy, and supports nonprofits in need of effective board leaders. It’s a win-win-win situation.”

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