BOARD LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
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 offered 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. Check back here in October for dates and applications for the 2016 program.
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 this 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. The workshops have concluded for 2015, but stay tuned for the next series.
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!" – 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.
Meet Your Match Event
On Thursday, May 14, 2015, in conjunction with community partners, Marlboro College hosted Get On Board Windham County: Meet Your Match, a board-matching event that allowed nonprofit boards to connect with community members interested in joining boards. This high-energy event will be repeated next spring.