Powerhouse Boards

Powerhouse Boards

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Powerhouse Boards: What you need to know to powerfully achieve your mission

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Please note: This course takes place over three sessions. Each session runs from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on these dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22

NOTE: You only need to purchase ONE ticket per person for the entire three-session series!

“I really needed to be re-ignited on my board. This did the trick.”

“Inspirational, clarifying, grounding, necessary.”

“I believe this was worth every moment of my time.”

Powerhouse boards bring an energy to their work. They make good decisions on behalf of their mission. They are nimble, influential, effective, and connected. You may have seen such a board in your community—maybe you serve on one. If so, you know the joy that when a group of people comes together and makes a difference.

Powerhouse Boards is an interactive immersion into effective board practice. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and engage in the sessions—even online!—because you will be applying lessons to your organization with colleagues across our region. Powerhouse Boards will leave you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and confidence you need to have a powerhouse board serving your mission.

We will deliver Powerhouse Boards over three two-hour sessions:

September 8 | 4:00-6:00pm

Build a powerhouse board

Let’s start at the beginning to understand your organization's core purpose and how you can assemble the right people to achieve your goals. When you have a clear sense of what you do and why, you can explain this purpose to people outside your organization—like potential funders, policymakers, and board members. You will understand how a diverse board sets you up for success and how to achieve greater diversity on your board. You will have a compass in hand to make decisions that will sustain your organization over time.

September 15 | 4:00-6:00pm

Know the job

The right people will be ready to serve if they know the job and the basic skills they need. This includes the roles of responsibilities of any board member and ways to customize the role to the people ready to serve. We will pull out the key information in financial statements so you can make better decisions. We’ll review what every board member needs to know about staying legally compliant. We will discuss risks and ways to consider the risks that most threaten your organization. Board members who stand with two feet on the job are better able to achieve a mission.

September 22 | 4:00-6:00pm

Work well together

Boards have a lot on their plate, so let’s discuss tips and tools to help your board work well together. The number one barrier cited by board members is time, so let’s unpack how to be more effective, efficient, and expansive with the time you have! Since so much work happens at meetings, we’ll unpack the core elements of an effective meeting. You’ll learn how to use committees to make good decisions. And our favorite topic is how to get every board member involved in raising money for your organization. You’ll leave with “ready to go” ideas on bringing in more money to achieve your mission better.

We designed Powerhouse Boards for board members and those who work closely with them, like Executive Directors and staff leaders. You will have opportunities to connect with your peers through breakout conversations. If you complete the course wishing your whole board were there, you will learn how to access the on-demand version of this course, the Nonprofit Board Certificate Program, on www.nonprofitlearning.center.

All participants will receive the 24-page Powerhouse Boards Workbook to use through the session and to keep as a planning tool. The workbook is available in English and Spanish.


Nancy Bacon has trained thousands of board members and those who work with them. She is an educator who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She created the portfolio of nonprofit classes and resources available to all nonprofits in Washington State, including Boards in Gear, Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits, and Let’s Go Legal. In 2022, Nancy launched the Nonprofit Learning Center to make sure nonprofit leaders have access to outcome-based learning: www.nonprofitlearning.center. Nancy currently leads Nancy Bacon Consulting, a practice focused on learning and leadership in the nonprofit sector. Nancy is known for delivering highly engaging online learning that rivals being together in a room. www.nancybacon.com

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