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Texas Executive Education | Nonprofit Boards: Working with Them and Serving on Them

Nonprofit Boards: Working with Them and Serving on Them

Designed For

  • Individuals
    For executives, professionals, new leaders and small business owners
  • Organizations
    For teams of managers with common developmental needs in specific areas


Effective boards and productive board-staff relationships are key to helping nonprofits thrive in today’s challenging environment. It is therefore critical that board members and staff come to an understanding of their respective roles, and recognize when and how these may need to evolve over time to strengthen the organization’s internal operations and external relationships.


  • Explore differences and overlaps in board and staff roles and perspectives
  • Identify which model of board-staff relations is most appropriate for your nonprofit
  • Highlight strategies for boards and staff to better communicate with one another
  • Learn to identify and manage common challenges
  • Align board and staff roles as organizational needs evolve – based on lifecycle
  • Examine frameworks for strengthening board performance
  • Develop a plan for recruitment and fundraising
  • This course is appropriate for those wanting to learn more about working with or serving on nonprofit boards.