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Philanthropy University

Setting Up a Nonprofit Board

Philanthropy University via Independent


All nonprofit organizations need a board. But how do you build a board that does more than just satisfies your legal obligations? How do you build a board that supports, guides, and multiplies your work?

This free, online course offers an introduction to establishing a productive and useful board. It will support you in identifying your own governance needs and help you plan to recruit and onboard board members.




  • Module 1: Roles and Responsibilities of a Board
Understand why you need a board and how to structure it
  • Module 2: Identifying Your Organization’s Governance Needs
Assess the skills, expertise, and leadership that your organization needs on your board
  • Module 3: Recruiting Board Members
Enlist the best possible candidates to meet your board needs
  • Module 4: Onboarding and Building an Effective Board Culture
Plan to orient new board members to a healthy board culture



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