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Basics of Board Service: Nonprofit Board of Directors Responsibilities in Governance & Fundraising

May 23, 2024 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)



Boards of directors are the strategic leaders of nonprofit organizations. They are responsible for governance and for playing a significant role in fundraising to support the organization's mission. But it isn't always easy for board directors/trustees to understand what the term "governance" encompasses. Nor is it always clear how much involvement in fundraising is expected and how to go about it. This workshop explains the expectations of board service and gives actionable ideas for how directors/trustees can engage with paid staff to enhance the organization's fundraising strategy and efforts. The session is suited for those new to board service and those who've been serving on boards for years.


Webinar attendees will leave the session:

- understanding the core governance responsibilities of boards of directors

- knowing the importance of year-round board recruitment and expectation setting

- with tools to identify their organization's diverse needs in director/trustee recruitment

- understanding the need for an organizational culture that positively embraces fundraising

- able to articulate the board of directors role in fundraising and know specifics of how they can personally participate

- with knowledge of the various types of fundraising and the need to employ methods strategically


Tracy Vanderneck, MSM, CFRE, is the president of Phil-Com where she works both in-person and virtually with nonprofit organizations around the globe to improve their fundraising and board governance. 

Tracy has more than twenty-five years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit leadership, and business development and has worked on leadership teams for organizations with budgets from under $1 million to $15 million. She works directly with nonprofits of all mission types and is a Personal Fundraising Coach for Bonterra's nonprofit clients. 

Tracy holds a BoardSource Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting (CNBC) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Tracy has been published in Nonprofit Pro, AP Perspectives, and Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Tracy’s articles have been used as course content and reference materials by NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, and the Graduate College of Marshall University.

Full participation in Basics of Board Service: Nonprofit Board of Directors Responsibilities in Governance & Fundraising is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.


Via Zoom

This training is offered virtually.


Members - FREE

Nonmembers - $15.00

Contact Information

Nonprofits First
Name: Meghan Foley
Phone: (561) 910-6678
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