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Eight Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Wednesdays - September 22, 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10 and 17 
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Effective Board Management for Small Nonprofits - Nonprofit Learning Cohort Intensive

Cohort Facilitator
Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, NAO

Join a cohort of nonprofit leaders to learn about board management best practices while gaining insight from each other’s challenges and solutions, and problem solving together. This cohort is for new and potential board members who want to understand the fundamentals of board service, seasoned board members looking to increase their board’s effectiveness, and staff and volunteers who support the board. Each session will include a facilitated training component as well as discussion-based peer learning opportunities. Additionally, each session will have accompanying practical tools and resources to strengthen your work.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Learn how to be an engaged, productive board member
  2. Develop strategies for recruiting and retaining board members
  3. Learn how to support the fund development goals of the organization
  4. Become familiar with the fiduciary duties of the board
  5. Utilize committees to effectively manage complex work
  6. Maximize meeting time and develop clear and transparent actions from them
  7. Understand the distinct role of the board and management of Executive Director
  8. Receive tools and resources to support their board service


Session 1

Sept. 22           

Kick-off, Introduction to Peers, Framework of Program

Session 2

Sept. 29          

Decision-Making & Dealing with Conflict

Session 3

Oct. 6

Board Member Recruitment and Orientation

Session 4

Oct. 20

Effective Meetings and Tools to Overcome Burnout

Session 5

Oct. 27

Fiscal Oversight

Session 6

Nov. 3

Board’s Role in Fundraising

Session 7

Nov. 10

Examining the Board/Staff Relationship and Best Practices

Session 8

Nov. 17

Using Committees to Share Work

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) all-volunteer to small staffed nonprofits in rural communities statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigate a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

This nonprofit learning cohort is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Facilitator

Jess Hampton, Learning Programs Manager, NAO

Jess Hampton is currently the Nonprofit Learning Programs Manager at NAO and a lifelong Oregonian. Jess has worked in the nonprofit sector in different capacities for over 20 years; as a nonprofit volunteer, cooperative finance manager, program and curriculum developer, leadership trainer and facilitator, program evaluator, board member of various nonprofits, nonprofit consultant and project manager. She earned her graduate degree in Nonprofit Management from University of Oregon and strives to provide practical resources and tools that benefit the nonprofit organizations that are so crucial to the heart of our state. In her personal time, Jess enjoys adventuring around Oregon with her family, playing board games and trying to teach their dog, Barbara Anne, new tricks!



$240 for NAO Members
$315 for Non-Members

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact



September 22nd, 2021 11:00 AM through November 17th, 2021 12:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 315.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Operations & Planning
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding