Douglas W. Eberle Board Governance Series

The Douglas W. Eberle Nonprofit Board Governance Series was established in 2008 to strengthen and sustain Not-For-Profit Boards in Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties. NCHS is partnering with The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and United Way to present the education series. The purpose of this program is to build knowledge about responsible oversight and governance, and effective responses to policy and management issues faced by today’s Not-For-Profit volunteer leaders. The continuing education series is designed for, and limited to, Board volunteers and Executive Director teams.


Sessions are in-person unless noted as virtual. In-person sessions will be located at the Lafayette Country Club from 11am – 2pm with lunch provided.

 Click here to see the series flyer.

Dates and Topics

February 2nd   Nonprofit Fundamentals (this has been made a virtual session)

Boards that lead with purpose are informed and equipped. Most people know nonprofits make our communities stronger, but few people know how they operate. In this session, individuals interested in expanding their nonprofit knowledge will learn the characteristics of nonprofit organizations and how they are structured, governed, and funded.

March 2nd  10 Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards (virtual session)

Boards that lead with purpose know their role. In this session, individuals looking to better understand the responsibilities of board service will learn the essential financial, legal, and oversight accountabilities of the nonprofit board in alignment with leading practices.

April 13th   Effective Staff & Board Roles

Boards that lead with purpose work as a team. In this session, individuals seeking to maximize the strengths and effectiveness of executive and board leadership will learn the complementary yet distinct roles that staff and board members play in nonprofit organizations.

May 4th    Building a Thriving Board (virtual session)

Boards that lead with purpose govern with intention. In this session, individuals looking to improve the composition and functionality of a nonprofit board will learn best practices in recruitment, onboarding, offboarding, and how to build a thriving Board culture.

June 1st   Setting Vision and Strategy (virtual session)

Boards that lead with purpose plan with vision and strategy. In this session, individuals looking to understand the boards responsibility in setting vision and planning for a sustainable future will learn the four essential pillars of nonprofit organizational health and how to apply strategic planning best practices in each.

October 5th   Fundraising Essentials for Board Members 

Boards that lead with purpose aren’t afraid to fundraise. In this session, individuals looking to fulfill the fundraising responsibilities of nonprofit board membership will learn successful ways to engage in the four-part fundraising process.

November 2nd  Activating Board Committees (virtual session)

Boards that lead with purpose empower high-performing committees. In this session, individuals seeking to maximize productivity through board committees will learn common structures and leading practices for effective committee functionality and leadership.

 Available to Greater Lafayette nonprofit board members and staff. $20 per session or $100 for the series. 

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