BCNM After Hours – An Evening Board Development Series. 

Classes are $40 each ($30 if paid online) or $100 for the entire series. Registrants can bring a board member for free!

Boards and Fundraising – Wednesday, April 5 from 4 – 6 p.m.
This interactive seminar will explore the inherent tension in any nonprofit between board and staff roles and offer thoughtful insights about why each stakeholder must understand and accept his or her defined role. We’ll provide practical tips on how to communicate clearly between board and staff about this central and challenging issue. Open to staff or board members, but most effective when an agency can send both! Instructor: David Brewton, The Hazelwood Initiative

Committees: Engaging Talent
Wednesday, April 12 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Many nonprofit boards of directors use committees to actively engage their members’ best thinking and to more deeply address specialized governance issues. However, many boards also admit that their committees may be outdated or less active than desired. In this class we’ll review committee meeting best-practices as well as the range of potential standing and ad-hoc committee structures used by many nonprofits. We’ll re-visit your current committee structure and explore interactive tools for committee planning and activation – all with the goal of making the most of your board. Instructor: Evie Gardner, Bayer Center 

The High-Functioning Board of Directors – Wednesday, April 19 from 4 – 6 p.m.
How do you ensure the board understands their responsibilities and is committed to fulfilling them? Join this session to discuss ways to ensure that you have an engaged and passionate board. Topics will include (but not be limited to) recruitment, orientation and evaluation of board members. This session is appropriate for both staff and board members. Instructor: Don Block, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council 


Supporting and Evaluating the EDWednesday, April 26 from 4 – 6 p.m.
A board member functions as an advisor, fundraiser, advocate, monitor and constructive critic as the situation requires. While it is the board’s job to support the executive director, it is also their job to provide them with an evaluation. In this class, we will focus on role of advisor, advocate, monitor and constructive critic by talking about how we can honor an ED’s work and seek to improve even the most high-performing executive director. Instructor: Peggy Outon, Bayer Center