Nonprofit Board Training

boardmeeting2010NetworkPeninsula offers individualized Board training to full nonprofit Boards. The training is designed to EDUCATE, EQUIP, AND EMPOWER Board members; enabling them to help their nonprofit continue to make an impact on the community.

Jane offered a high quality, professional presentation and added a personal touch with her stories and life experiences.” Rebecca Glass, Executive Director, Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center. 

The goal of the Nonprofit Board Training is to strengthen local nonprofit Boards with knowledgeable, productive, committed members who can help build their organization’s capacity and ensure it remains sustainable. Since 2010, we have provided individualized training to 150 community members. As a result, we have been able to match local nonprofits up with trained Board members who are ready to serve.

Our Board Trainings target individual nonprofit organizations. Trainings are tailored to not only address common issues faced by nonprofit Boards but also to hone in on issues that are specification to your organization. Trainings will be designed to develop strong Boards that can collectively move their nonprofit forward and work toward long-term sustainability.

Topics include:*

  • Roles & Responsibilities of Board Service
  • The Essentials of Board Governance
  • Leadership Roles & Committee Structure
  • Staff and Board Relationships
  • Team Building to Stay on Mission
  • Maintaining a Powerhouse Board

Tier I – Board Essentials – this 1.5 hour class will address the topics identified above and how each relates to the specific organization’s Board structure, goals, and plans for future growth.
$360 – NetworkPeninsula FULL members; $450 non-members

Tier II – Board Boost – this 2.5 hour class will delve further into the topics above, including an opportunity for problem solving in areas that are of particular concern for the Board. In addition, this class will include “Fear of Fundraising” to help Board members become more comfortable in their role as ambassadors, advocates, and askers.
$560 – NetworkPeninsula FULL members; $700 non-members

Tier III – Board Forward – This half-day training, in addition to the topics outlined above, will focus on helping Boards begin to think strategically over the next 3 years. This will include goal setting, identifying key performance indicators, and strategizing priorities moving forward.
$750 – NetworkPeninsula FULL members; $1,000 non-members

Fee includes all training materials. Training location will be chosen by organization. For Boards with more than 10 participants, there will be an additional $50 per person over 10.

*Follow-on workshops on additional topics, including the Board’s Fiduciary Role, Succession Planning, and others, will be offered throughout the year at a discount for Board Training graduates.

BOARD NETWORK – Graduates will also have access to the following:

  • Access to and inclusion (voluntary) in online database where local nonprofits can review graduates, along with their background, interests, skills, and availability for service on a nonprofit Board.
  • LinkedIn Group – ask questions, share experiences, access resources for continued development.



    Jane Stein has been providing consultation and training services to nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years. Jane founded the Child Abuse Center of Hampton Roads, now a part of CHKD. Her experience also includes a tenure as a national director for major gifts for the American Cancer Society. Jane was a volunteer national chairman for campaign training for the United Jewish Appeal for 3 years. A sought after facilitator, speaker and trainer, Jane has presented programs in management, leadership development, marketing, public relations, board development and fundraising to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. She shares her secrets for success in these turbulent times and inspires her audiences to solve challenges in the nonprofit community in a humorous and heartfelt manner. Under her direction, JPS Consulting has guided many nonprofit organizations through the process of strategic planning, board and leadership development; and has helped many organizations to build and improve their annual and special campaigns. Her client list includes: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, VA Association of Community Healthcare Centers, Foodbank of Southeastern VA, Habitat for Humanity, Physicians for Peace, and the Special Olympics.

    Amy Nisenson is a senior philanthropy professional with a 30 year proven track record of success across corporate, foundation and nonprofit sectors. Amy currently serves as Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and in a consultative role to small and emerging nonprofits in the Richmond area. As Executive Director, Amy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the $120 million foundation and the due diligence and allocation of $5-7 million in grants annually. In her consultation business, Amy provides expertise in a variety of service businesses including strategic planning, group and meeting facilitation, board development, and resource development and fundraising. Amy is a Certified Governance Trainer with BoardSource and has also completed the BoardSource Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education. Most recently, Amy earned a consulting certification through MSB Coaching in Charlottesville in Corporate Coach U. Amy also offers consultation in the area of corporate community engagement, working to develop community engagement strategies and programs that support and further business objectives. Amy teaches classes in nonprofit management including grant writing, navigating support from corporations and foundations, and board development at the University of Richmond in the Institute on Philanthropy, Tidewater Community College Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, Nonprofit Learning Point in Richmond, Network Penninsula, CVANE in Lynchburg and Volunteer Hampton Roads.


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