Helping boards work better

Our nonprofit organizations can only be as strong as their volunteer boards. Marlboro College is committed to the growth and development of nonprofit boards and their members. By popular demand, Marlboro will offer its first Board Leadership Institute in the spring of 2015. We are also proud to partner with Youth Services, United Way of Windham County, and SEVEDS to continue offering Get on Board Windham County. These programs, working in tandem, provide skills development and networking opportunities for trustees serving nonprofits of all sizes, while also helping young professionals begin their work as the next generation of nonprofit board members. 

2015 board Leadership Institute

The Board Leadership Institute is a collection of workshops that, taken together, introduce board members to the most important knowledge and skills for successful board service. We frequently hear from boards who want help transforming their organizational culture, or that need assistance being effective leaders and champions for the nonprofits they serve. For greatest impact on a board as a whole, we highly recommend that a board sign up for the full series as a board team, and have steeply discounted the option to make it as affordable as possible. There are also ticket options for individual sitting board members who wish to complete the series, and for those who want to attend only a subset of the workshops. See schedule and additional details about tickets below. Purchase tickets here

Get On Board Fellows Program

"In a place like Vermont where the population tends to skew to the older end of things and especially with regard to board service, it can be difficult for excited and well-qualified young folks to break in to an organization's board. It serves the organizations, youth of the community, and the boards themselves to have new perspectives and people on the board. I would not have served on a board without this program. Both myself and my organization are better for it!" -- A 2012-13 Fellow 

Windham County has a lot of nonprofits and many boards are looking for new members. Get On Board gives Windham County residents, age 22-44, the opportunity to build leadership skills and their personal and professional network while serving our community. Fellows attend the Board Leadership Institute retreat, workshops and personal leadership development sessions for $100-200, sliding scale, which is less than half the full cost. Through these events, Fellows will build relationships with each other, and with members of local nonprofit boards. Fellows will also receive extra recognition during the Board Matching Event, which will help them make connections with nonprofit boards that match their interests and passions.

Apply now to be a 2015 Board Fellow, and/or nominate a young professional.

Nominations are due by Friday, January 16 to give time for nominated individuals to complete applications.

Applications are due Friday, January 30.

Board matching event

On Thursday, May 14, 2014, Marlboro College, in conjuction with community parteners, will host a board matching event that will allow nonprofit boards to connect with community members interested in joining boards. The cost to table for organizations will be $35 (except Board Leadership Institute participating Board Team organizations). Prospective board members (Fellows and members of the community at large) can attend at no cost. More information to follow. 

Learn More 

Questions? Contact Kim Lier:, 802-251-7690

Board Leadership Institute schedule and ticket cost

Workshop Dates

Saturday, March 7

  • 9:30am-3:30pm | Opening Retreat - Organizational Life Cycle and Assessment (Board Teams, full series participants and Fellows only)

Thursday, March 12

  • 5:30-8:30pm | Board Roles and Responsibilities 

Thursday, March 19

  • 5:30-6:30pm | Board Round Table for Board Teams and full series participants only
  • 6:30-8:30pm | Fiscal Responsibility and Fraud Protection Workshop

Thursday, March 26

  • 5:30-6:30pm | Personal Leadership Development 5:30-6:30 for Fellows only
  • 6:30-8:30pm | Board Development Workshop

Thursday, April 2

  • 5:30-6:30pm | Board Round Table for Board Teams and full series participants only
  • 6:30-8:30pm | Conflict Resolution Workshop

Thursday, April 9

  • 5:30-6:30pm | Personal Leadership Development 5:30-6:30 for Fellows only
  • 6:30-8:30pm | Telling Your Story Workshop

Thursday, April 16

  • 5:30-6:30pm | Personal Leadership Development 5:30-6:30 for Fellows only AND Board Round Table for Board Teams and full series participants only
  • 6:30-8:30pm | Fundraising and Friend Raising

Thursday, April 30

  • 6:00-8:00pm | Closing Event for Board Teams, full series participants and Fellows only

Thursday, May 14

  • 5:30-8:30pm | Board Matching Event (open to the public)


Ticket Options

Board Team - $600: Includes two seats for the opening retreat, board round tables and each workshop, plus a table at the board matching event. Attendance can be rotated among board members and the ED. Strongly encouraged for best organizational impact. ($870- value; 30% discount)

Individual Board Ticket - $340: One seat for the opening retreat, board round table and each workshop. ($400 value; 15% discount)

Board Fellow - $100-200 Pay-as-You-Can Sliding Scale: Must apply and be accepted to Board Fellows program (12-16 fellows selected annually) to be eligible for this price. 

A La Carte - $60 for Board Roles and Responsibilities (3 hours), $40 for all other individual workshops (2 hours each). Register for one or more workshops as an individual. Any seats remaining after full series registration is complete will be available starting January 30. 




Building Nonprofit Boards

"We were able to broaden our demographic and engage with younger locals and learn new organizational techniques to further our mission." --2012-13 Nonprofit Partner

Windham County nonprofits would you like to:

  • Tap into new potential board prospects?
  • Work with young professionals who are willing to pitch in and help?
  • Receive board training and support from experts and nonprofit peers in our community? 

Get On Board fellows will be assigned to boards as non-voting members based on passion for issues and skill set match. Fellows will serve six-month exploratory terms, with the hope that they will continue as full members following the completion of the program.

Is your nonprofit interested in participating? Find out more 

"For organizations and individuals wanting to strengthen the nonprofit sector and/our their own organizations, this is a great program to receive board training and participation by young adults with varied skills in our region." -- 2012-13 Nonprofit Partner

Other Board Trainings

For those just getting started, we have created Boarding 101, a low-cost half-day introduction to board roles and responsibilities. For seasoned officers seeking advanced training, we offer Partners in Nonprofit Leadership, a full-day training designed to bring executive directors and board leaders into strategic alignment. Please contact Kate Jellema if you would like to bring either of these workshops to your town.

Please sign up for the Red Clover, our program e-newsletter, to stay informed of all our offerings.

We are proud to work with the Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham Foundation, National Life Group Foundation, the United Way of Windham County and many local partners on these board training initiatives.

Windam Foundation

United Way

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National Life Group Foundation