Board Training for Community Members

NetworkPeninsula, a nonprofit that provides continuing education, training, and networking opportunities for more than 200 local nonprofits, is pleased to offer their next Nonprofit Board Training class at EVB in Newport News on Friday, October 2. This 1-day, 6-hour class is designed for community members who are interested in serving on a board, as well as for those who currently serve on a Board and want to better understand their role. The class will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This marks the 9th Board Training Class held since 2010. To date, 119 community members have completed the training. Many have joined local nonprofit Boards while others have continued on Boards they were already serving but now do so with a better understanding of their role.

The need for training like this is essential to ensure that nonprofits have Board members who are committed to helping move the organization forward. "Oftentimes, people are invited to serve on a Board without fully understanding or being made aware of the responsibilities it entails," according to Karen Dutro, Executive Director of NetworkPeninsula. Nonprofits in the area will benefit from access to knowledgeable, productive, committed members who better understand their role in helping to meet the goals of the organization.

Jane Stein, of JPS Consulting, will be providing the training and help participants learn more about the roles, responsibilities, and rewards of serving on a nonprofit Board. Jane is the founding director of the Child Abuse Center of Hampton Roads, and served as a national director for major gifts for the American Cancer Society. Currently, Jane serves as the national chairman for training for the United Jewish Communities (formerly the United Jewish Appeal). She has presented her programs in management, leadership development, marketing, public relations, board development and fundraising to nonprofit agencies throughout the United States.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will become part of an online database of trained Board prospects made available to local nonprofits. They will also participate in an online forum to share ideas, challenges, and other issues that arise during the class and after graduation when they begin serving on a Board. Resources will also be made available for continuing development in this area.

The cost for the training is $150 with discounts available for current NetworkPeninsula members. For registration information, visit or contact Karen Dutro at karen@networkpeninsula.or call 757-886-6944.

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