When you think about who is at the center of change in your community, you probably land on nonprofit organizations. They are on the front lines of social justice, education, healthcare, poverty alleviation, the arts, the environment, you name it. Through nonprofits we express our values and take action around causes we care about.
Who is this event designed for? Community members interested in becoming more involved in causes and taking action, particularly those who have never served on a nonprofit board. If you know of potential board members for your organization or generally in the community, please forward this to them and encourage them to participate.
The program will be organized as an informal networking and informational session. It includes:
• An introductory presentation about nonprofits and board members, along with a facilitated Q&A session, which will offer an opportunity to dispel common myths about nonprofits and the role of the board.
• Presentations by a local nonprofit, focused on the important achievements of their board, and by a local board member, focused on both the rewarding aspects and the realities of serving on a board.
• Ample time for networking and exchange among participants. Refreshments will be served.
This program serves as a precursor to Boards In Gear training on April 12, which is focused on helping new and existing board members to understand the various functions of their role and provides them with the information and tools needed to execute them effectively.
Jeremy Sampson is a marketing, communications, and community engagement specialist with extensive experience in nonprofit management and capacity building. He balances a diverse cross-functional skill set with excellent facilitation skills and a collaborative practical-minded approach to leadership. Jeremy has a passion for supporting small- to medium-sized nonprofits with Theory of Change modeling, board and capacity development, compelling storytelling, and sustainable operational models. He is currently a trainer for Washington Nonprofits, where he supports the development and facilitation of educational programs and was a presenter at the Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good.
This class is offered through a collaboration with Washington Nonprofits and the Nonprofit Learning Center, a partnership of Sherwood Trust and Walla Walla Community College.