Instructor: David Renz, PhD, Director of Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Faculty in the Department of Public Affairs in the Bloch School of Management at UMKC

Dates for this four-day program:
Please let us know at / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified the next time this program is scheduled.

Program Details

Our four-session introductory board member development program draws upon the nationally-noted expertise of Dr. David Renz, director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, with presentations from a diverse group of experienced board leaders from across the Kansas City community. The goal of the series is to prepare current and emerging community leaders to serve effectively as members of the governing boards of nonprofit and other public service organizations.

Session 1: Boards, Governance, and Public Service Leadership: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Board
Date: TBD

  • Introduction to Nonprofit (and Governmental) Boards
  • Making Sense of the Work of a Governing Board
  • The Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Board Work
  • The Core Responsibilities of Boards

Session 2: Show Us the Money! The Board’s Role in Fundraising and Development
Date: TBD

  • Overview of Financial Leadership and Accountability
  • Board Roles in Fund Raising and Development
  • The Basics of Philanthropy and Raising Money
  • Insights from the Boardroom

Session 3: Show Us the Money! The Board’s Role in Using It Wisely
Date: TBD

  • Understanding the Organization as a Financial Creature
  • Financial Leadership and Accountability
  • Making Sense of Financial Reports
  • Insights from the Boardroom

Session 4: Organizing for Successful Board Work
Date: TBD

  • The Various Ways Boards and Related Structures Are Organized
  • Developing an Effective Board-Staff Partnership
  • What It Takes to be an Effective Board Member
  • The Passion to Serve: Finding the Right Match
  • Insights from the Boardroom

MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form. 


Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or 

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