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Columbus Event | Effective Boards

Board development and engagement is key to the success of nonprofit Boards of Directors. Successful board contribute their time, talent and treasure to the nonprofit. They also provide governance, set strategic direction, and ensure a financial strong and viable organization.  

This session will focus on board development, engagement, and getting your board to fundraise for your organization. Board roles and responsibilities will be covered from the law with duty of care, duty of obedience, and duty of loyalty to activities such as recruitment and onboarding of new members. Learn the five tips for a successful board, plus best practices for board size, composition and committee work. 

Engagement of board members is often cited as one of the biggest challenges for a chair or CEO. Learn some tricks with templates to encourage board engagement, best practices for agendas, and how to encourage strategic conversations. Based on GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group’s work with more than 100 boards each year, we hear from our experience what works and what can disengage a board.

Fundraising is the second most often mentioned trouble spot for staffing a board. GCN has designed and urges board members to adopt one of three roles in fundraising, and we have a role-play for practicing “the ask” and makes fundraising a role for everyone on the board.

Join us for a lively, practical, and fun training on how to develop and engage your board of directors. 


Senior leadership and board members


GCN Senior Consultant Christal Cherry is a nationally recognized fundraiser who has spent 17 years working with nonprofits and higher education institutions. With passion and a wide breadth of experience, Christal works with clients to create and implement fundraising strategies that secure the resources needed for meaningful impact, organizational growth, and a thriving operation. Learn more 

Program Stats:


June 11, 2019


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Pastoral Institute
1515 20th Street
Columbus, GA 31901

Registration Details

Complimentary for GCN Nonprofit Members and Nonprofit Regional Members; $125 for each person from a nonmember organization.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of GCN Nonprofit Regional Membership, exclusively for nonprofits outside of the Atlanta metro area. 

Need assistance with registration? Reach out to the GCN membership team at [email protected] or 678.916.3080.