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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 5:30 pm

Bridges to Board Service: Nonprofit Board Governance [Poughkeepsie]

As introduced in Board Service 101, board members need to perform certain key duties in order to legally and ethically fulfill their governance responsibilities. This session will define the fiduciary duty of board service in detail and explore exactly what effective governance entails. Strategies to assist current and prospective board members with effectively governing their organizations, including managing conflicts of interest, differentiating governance from management, and navigating in today’s nonprofit landscape will also be covered.

Following the presentation, we will hold a lab session for participants to be able to ask questions and discuss areas of nonprofit board governance challenges and best practices.

Presenter: NYCON

Session capacity is 30

Date: September 26, 2017


Cost:  DCRCC/NYCON members: $30

          Non-members: $40


Poughkeepsie Public Library
Boardman Road Branch
141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie

In partnership with the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce – Nonprofit Committee, the Dyson Foundation, and Governance Matters, a subsidiary of the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), the Bridges to Board Service program aims to strengthen local nonprofits and provide community members with meaningful board service education and opportunities.

Bridges to Board Service is a two-part initiative offering innovative, quality educational programs focused on the fundamentals of board service, including in-depth sessions on governance, finance, fundraising, and other relevant topics. In addition, a board matching service,, is tied to the program to help interested board members find nonprofit board opportunities that fit their interests and talents while also helping nonprofits find interested board members that meet their skill and composition needs.

Bridges to Board Service is designed for everyone interested in board service including: Dutchess Chamber members, especially corporate community members; local community members who have not yet served on a board, especially young professionals and individuals from diverse backgrounds; experienced board members who seek to enhance their knowledge; and, nonprofit leadership working to build and maintain strong, effective boards to lead their organizations.

While this program is being piloted in Dutchess County, anyone interested in the sessions from the Hudson Valley region and beyond are welcome.






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NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State.  We strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.