The Wise & Well U Community Connect Program recently hosted its second annual Board Service Training class at Western led by Led by Rachel Myers, Whatcom Community Foundation's Board Match program manager and Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees' vice chair; Summer Starr, coordinator of the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County and Still Point at Beckside Retreat Center, board member; and Laurel Hammond, Center for Community Learning Community Connect Program coordinator and Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth (BAAY) board member. If you missed the Community Connect event and you are interested in exploring other board service training opportunities in the community please register for the programs below:
Tuesday, Nov.6, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. (snacks will be served)
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5:15 to 8:30 p.m .(dinner will be served)
Registration closes Nov. 2 (or when full) https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/f5ccc9edcb714f57bff1a1b07307a927
Cost: $25 per participant (Scholarships Available)
What is Board Match?
Whatcom Community Foundation’s Board Match program is designed to encourage new leaders from the community to learn more about what it means to be a successful board member, and to connect them with opportunities to engage in board service with an organization that is important to them.
Participants in the Board Match program will learn about the roles and responsibilities of an effective board member, and will have the opportunity to be connected with a local nonprofit. Participants will review the profiles of local nonprofit organizations who are currently looking for new board members to identify 3 organizations with which they would like to meet during our ‘meet and greet’ on the second night of the program.
IS BOARD MATCH FOR ME?
YES, if you never served on a board of directors for a nonprofit organization, or have little board experience.
YES, if you are not currently serving on a board OR you haven’t been recruited onto one.
YES, if you want help finding a nonprofit board with which to volunteer.
YES, if you want to build your professional résumé and network with other committed individuals.
Contact Rachel Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-671-6463 with questions.
Boards in Gear
Join us for a special Boards in Gear series. Traditionally a one-day training, we are organizing this into a five-part series to allow for peer learning and interaction as well as digestion of the learning along the way.
Boards in Gear covers the five main areas of strong board practice: Connection to cause, roles and responsibilities, how to build a great board, sustain a great board, and engage board members in fundraising. It anchors each unit in why it matters and provides helpful tools to help learners act on what they learn.
Boards in Gear is comprised of five chapters:
1. Connection to Cause (Nov. 6)
2. Responsibilities (Nov. 13)
3. Building a great board - Composition & Development (Nov. 20)
4. Sustaining a great board - Board Operations (Nov.27)
5. Fundraising (Dec. 4)
Boards in Gear works well for “a la carte” learning, or you can go through the entire course in sequence.
Boards in Gear is a program of the Washington Nonprofits and will be presented by Virginia Lang of Lang Consulting. To learn more or to register: http://boardsingear2018.eventbrite.com
Thank you for supporting our community partner’s programming and look for more opportunities through Community Connect next quarter!