Working with a Non-Profit Board

Learn how a nonprofit board works – and how to work with or on a board

Whether you work for a board, plan to join a board, or want to be a more effective board member, this full-day workshop will improve your understanding of a board's roles, responsibilities, and challenges. You'll participate in developing fictitious staff and board committees for a take-home project. 


  • Format: Classroom

    Hours: 6 hours / .6 CEUs

    Where: UGA's Gwinnett campus

    When: 2015 dates coming soon!

    Cost: $299

What you will learn in this course

  • three types of boards – policy-making, advisory and administrative – and how they differ
  • characteristics of successful boards
  • how to assess a board’s effectiveness
  • budgeting basics
  • a board’s legal responsibilities
  • the basics of parliamentary procedure and by-laws
  • the roles of a board’s president, treasurer, and secretary
  • the composition of boards and the many roles of board members
  • qualifications and general responsibilities of a board member
  • staff and board relationships
  • insights into board member personality styles and team development
  • future challenges:  what a board should look for

Who Should Attend?

  • New or prospective board members
  • Existing board members who want to improve individual member and the board’s effectiveness
  • Social workers, grant writers, consultants or anyone who deals with nonprofit boards
  • Board staff members

Course Information

Course Format: 
University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus
2530 Sever Rd NW, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States
Course Fee(s): 


Continuing Education Information: 

Important Course Information and Requirements:

  • Students will be awarded .6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of 6 hours of course work.  
  • Timely completion of assignments is required including the successful completion of written and oral assignments. To receive your Continuing Education Units (CEUs), your attendance is required for the full 6-hour session.

Jack Smith M.P.A. is a nationally recognized grant writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1985 his consulting practice has provided grant writing services to more than 150 organizations. In addition to his consulting and teaching assignments, Jack has been a member of a team of grant writers for the African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the United States Center for Disease Control. These assignments have taken him to Johannesburg and Ethiopia, Africa.