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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:30 am

Bridges to Board Service:Board Service 101 [Poughkeepsie]

Board members steer their organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies and ensure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission. This session will provide both experienced and novice board members with a critical orientation on the responsibilities, knowledge, and skills needed to be an effective board member. Nonprofit boards are more similar than they are different, but each board must make important and thoughtful decisions on how they will function. This course will introduce participants to many of these considerations.

Completion recommended for new board members prior to registering for topic sessions.

Presenter: NYCON

Date: June 27, 2017


Cost:  DCRCC/NYCON members: $30

          Non-members: $40

Session capacity is 30


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.