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February 5, 2016

Americas: How to Train Nonprofit Board Members for Success

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When Ian Lamont was first invited to join a nonprofit organization’s board, he was “really thrown. I had little idea what I was doing.” Lamont, the founder of i30 Media in Newton, Mass., adds, “I liked sharing insights and working on strategy and policies, but there were aspects [of board member responsibilities] I didn’t know.”

trainingLamont’s experience is not unique. All board members can benefit from a formal orientation or training to learn the tools to carry out the board’s governing role. “Board members can come to understand the role of the board and their own responsibilities through written materials, presentation, and discussion,” says Anne Atwood Mead of BoardSource, an organization that identifies good nonprofit governance practices.

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