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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 5:30 pm

Bridges to Board Service: Resource Development [Poughkeepsie]

One important but sometimes misunderstood area of board responsibility is to ensure the organization has the financial, human, and other resources it needs to carry out its mission and achieve its goals. The specific nature of how this is done varies according to the organization’s business model, culture, structure, and organizational capacity.  This session will provide an overview of how board members can foster a pro-active approach to financial resource development including policy making, planning, fundraising, and strategy development. We will also define and explore the various active roles board members can play as donors, ambassadors, advocates, and askers.

Presenter: NYCON

Date: May 23, 2017


Cost:  DCRCC/NYCON members: $30

          Non-members: $40

Session capacity is 30

 Location: Dutchess Community College, Bowne Hall

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.