In the past, boards brought on new members with little experience, little training and assumed they would pick up what they needed to know. Today it is important that organizations are governed by people who understand their role as a board member in leading their organization. People want to be effective board members but don't always have all the knowledge or experience they need.

The purpose of this program is to help develop leaders serving on nonprofit boards. The core topics covered will build a bridge between board members and management and will enable the board and their organization to reach their full potential. A few of the topics discussed include:

  • Understanding the Unique Roles of the Board and Executive Director
  • Setting the Mission (Purpose), Vision and Strategic Direction
  • Recruiting, Orienting, Retaining and Developing Board Members
  • Evaluating the Executive Director
  • Running Effective Board Meetings
  • Creating Successful Strategic and Annual Board Retreats
  • Board Self Assessments

Program Fees: The registration fee is $250. This fee includes all instructional materials.

Online: This training will be offered all online and will consist of 1.5 hours of self-paced prep work and 3 hours of live session. Peter Johnson, the instructor of the training (and Director of the Westgate Center) has added a lot of other components not done in the all-in-person format. 

Scholarships:  It is important for boards to send at least two people from each organization, ideally a board member and the executive director. To ensure that nonprofits have an opportunity to participate in this program, we are providing several matching scholarships to nonprofit boards who pay for at least one board member to attend.

What our students say about the course

“Peter’s experience and knowledge was a perfect blend of practical and academic tools for board members. I feel like I now have the skills and motivation to be a great board member and change my board for the better.”

— Zoey Merrill, San Joaquin County Bar Association

“WOW! This course should be a requirement for every board.”

— Myles Harris Jr., YMCA of San Joaquin County

“Having served on various boards in San Joaquin County for the past 40 years I have certainly attended my share of trainings. This is by far the very BEST ever.”

—  Bobbie Wallinger, Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County

Nonprofit Board Training
Nonprofit Board Training
Spring dates coming soon

Email the Westgate Center to be added to our upcoming class: westgate@pacific.edu

Contact Us

Westgate Center for Leadership & Management Development
Eberhardt School of Business

Phone: 209.946.2956
Email: westgate@pacific.edu