Board Governance Boot Camp Fall 2023
This event takes place on the following dates
11/1/2023 at 9:00 AM
11/8/2023 at 9:00 AM
11/15/2023 at 9:00 AM
12/6/2023 at 9:00 AM

Board Governance Boot Camp Fall 2023

WHEN: Wednesdays - Nov 1, 8, 15, and Dec 6 See below for the specific time of each session.
PRICE: $525 for CVNL members, $600 for non-members

This series is ideal for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs and nonprofit board members. Board chairs and those serving in an officer position, or are thinking of doing so, will find the sessions particularly useful.

Nonprofit board members enrich and govern an organization with their personal expertise, connections, and passion for the cause - and yet, they don't always come to the job with experience in things like nonprofit fundraising or governance. CVNL knows what strong, smart boards looks like - and how critical they are for the health of an organization. Our four-part series on board governance, led by CVNL leaders Linda Jacobs, CEO, and Tom Hayashi, Chief Capacity Building Officer, helps organizations diagnose their board needs and equip their board members with the right training and resources to take their leadership to the next level. From fundamentals to performance metrics, these sessions aim to maximize the engagement of your nonprofit’s most prominent advocates and allies.

Board Governance Boot Camp is divided into the following 4 sessions
Session 1: Fundamentals of Effective Governance with Linda Jacobs
Nov 1, 2023 from 9am – 11:30am PST

This session provides a solid foundation to deepen understanding of nonprofit governance and how to better align the work of the board to heighten engagement and maximize impact. The focus of this course is on the roles and responsibilities of individual board members and the collective board. Session will cover:
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Differentiate between operational and governance decisions
  • Apply practices that build effective boards in the areas of structure, role clarity, team dynamic and board continuity

Session 2: Structure, Committees & Assessment with Linda Jacobs
Nov 8, 2023 from 9am – 11:30am PST

Without a strong structure, boards can fall prey to a whole host of dysfunctions, including wasted time, unfocused meetings, and lack of strategic engagement. This course will dive deeper into specific structures and assessment practices that strengthen nonprofit boards. Session will cover:

  • Committees, task teams and advisory council structures and functions
  • Running productive board meetings
  • Board and Chief Executive Assessment

Session 3: Strategic Board Development with Linda Jacobs
Nov 15, 2023 from 9am – 11am PST

Given the board's tremendous responsibility and decision-making power and the length of most board member's tenures, making sure you have the right composition of leaders on your board is essential. In this course, we will look at ways nonprofits can "get the right people around the table" and keep them engaged through ongoing development and evaluation. Session will cover:

  • Board composition and needs
  • Recruitment and cultivation
  • Process for electing, and orienting new board members
  • Approaches to ongoing training and development
  • Evaluating board performance - key metrics and dashboards

    Session 4: Boards and Fundraising with Tom Hayashi
    Dec 6, 2023 from 9am – 11am PST

    While fundraising is one of the main roles that nonprofit board members play, it is often one that many people are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. We will craft a training that includes the psychology of fundraising, common myths and basic truths, fundraising best practices, and how nonprofit board and staff can work as partners to achieve fundraising goals. This training will be interactive and will include time for participants to practice using new information and approaches through role play scenarios. Session includes:

    • Engaging and actionable training on board fundraising
    • Expert guidance on questions/scenarios specific to your organization as part of the training, and a workbook of related information and resources


    • 10% discount for groups of 3 of more registering from the same organization, OR
    • 10% discount for organizations with budget size < $750K, OR
    • 20% early bird discount (Early Bird Deadline: Sep 23; Early Bird discounted rate automatically applied at checkout)

    BIPOC Scholarship:
    BIPOC scholarship is available for BIPOC participants of nonprofit organizations. Priorities are given to CVNL members.  Scholarship recipients do not have to be from a CVNL member organization. 

    Please email Ling Tang at for a discount code BEFORE you register for the program.

    NOTE: In order for participants to earn certificates and eBadges for the L&L programs, they must attend at least 75% of the sessions, e.g. if there are four sessions to the series, the participant may only miss one session and still earn the certificate and eBadges. 

    Cancellation Policy:
    We get that plans change. If you are unable to attend a workshop, we kindly ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance and try to send a colleague in your place. If you must cancel, you may apply your payment to any future workshop, but we do not offer refunds. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period.

    Faculty Bio:

    Linda was hired as the CEO of Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) in 2002 immediately after the merger of the local Volunteer Center and the Marin Council of Agencies. Linda has significantly grown the organization in size and scope with services and programs now available thought-out the Bay Area from Silicon Valley to Sacramento. Linda oversees CVNL’s four business divisions: Executive Search, Consulting Services, Leadership Programs, and Volunteer Services.

    She started the Executive Search and Transition Services department in 2006. She has led or participated in over 100 searches for nonprofit clients with a wide range of missions and budget size. As an executive director for 23 years and a nonprofit leader for over 30 years, Linda has extensive experience in nonprofit management. She is a frequent presenter on issues and trends in the nonprofit sector and consults with nonprofit leaders on board governance, succession planning, and leadership development.

    Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the School to Career Partnership, Marin Economic Forum, and the Points of Light Assembly. She is the former Board Chair of the California Association of Nonprofit, a former appointee to the Marin County Women’s Commission, past President of the Marin National Organization for Women, and a former member of the Marin Independent Journal Editorial Board. Linda was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2013, she received the “We’re All in this Together, Community Building” North Bay.

    Tom comes to CVNL with over 20 years of fundraising, senior management, and consulting experience which represents direct engagements with over 100 organizations on an array of capacity-building projects and programming.

    He proudly identifies as a cis-gendered gay Asian Pacific Islander, first-generation immigrant, former foster youth, and first in his family to graduate from college. He finds his passion for social and ecological justice in his personal background, cultural identity, mindful practices, and relationships with the community.

    Immediately prior to joining CVNL, Tom served as the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Leadership and Management (DLM) consisting of graduate-level degree programs at Saybrook University, and Associate Professor of Human Resources of Bovard College at the University of Southern California (USC). Tom’s professional highlights include leading public policy and advocacy efforts in Washington DC during the Obama administration and serving as the Executive Director for OCA-APA Advocates a national civil rights organization representing the Asian Pacific Islander communities. He is often sought as a diversity, inclusion, and equity speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in diversity readiness assessments, equity-oriented leadership development, and cultural humility programming.

    Tom has earned his doctorate and a master’s degree from Fielding Graduate University in Human and Organizational Systems, a master’s in Education from California State University East Bay, and a bachelor’s in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State University. His past and present professional credentials include Certified Management Consultant through the Institute of Management Consultants, Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation, Certified Master Coach from the Center for Coaching Certification, and Certified Fundraising Executive from CFRE International. He is an active member and contributor of the American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resources Management, the Nonprofit Consultants Network of the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Organizational Development Network.



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