How To Create An Engaged Board of Directors: A Step by Step Guide

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Robin Cabral
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
  • CFRE Approved
    1.50 Points



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Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST
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How To Create An Engaged Board of Directors: A Step by Step Guide

If You Register and Cannot Attend, You Will Get the Webinar Recording, Slides, and Bonus Materials 

During this 90-minute beginner level interactive workshop, you will get all of the tools and step-by-step instructions to create a highly effective and impactful Board of Directors.

You know that you need an active and engaged Board of Directors, but you are not sure how to create one.

Well, you are not alone.  There are hundreds of thousands of nonprofits both big and small that have a lackluster Board of Directors.  You know the kind.  They just show up for meetings and then leave.  Or they recruit all of the “warm bodies” in town to become Board members.

Your presenter, Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE, is on a mission to create high performing nonprofits from the foundation up, starting with a strong and effective Board of Directors.

During This Nonprofit Webinar You Will Learn: 

  • How to Identify the Best Candidates for Your Nonprofit Board of Directors
  • How to Screen Your Prospective Board Candidates To Ensure a Match Made In Heaven
  • How to Organize and Support the Board
  • How to Onboard and Orient Your New Board Members
  • How to Hold Engaging Board Meetings
  • How to Monitor Board Performance for a High-Octane Effective Board of Directors

You Will Get All The Tools That You Need To Build Your Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. Board Composition Matrix Template
  2. Board of Directors Profile Template
  3. Board of Directors Recruitment Process and Procedures Sample
  4. A Prospective Board of Directors Application Process
  5. Screening Interview Template
  6. A Board Commitment Form Sample
  7. Board of Directors Responsibilities and Expectations Form Sample
  8. Board Self-Assessment Sample
  9. The Webinar Recording and Slides


  • Having the right mix of skills and diversity on your Board to move your mission forward.
  • Knowing that all of your Board members have been rigorously screened and are ready, willing, and able to become engaged in their work.
  • Attending the perfect Board meeting that starts and ends on time covering all the key topics to move your organization into the future.
  • Maximizing your Board’s performance by regularly assessing and holding Board members accountable to established expectations.

As a long-time fundraising expert, Robin understands the importance of Board governance to the overall effectiveness of an organization, including fund development.  With over twenty years of experience, she teaches the exact steps that she has used to transform organization’s Board of Directors from lifeless to lively and from management to governance creating high-performing organizations and meaningful board engagement.

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar:

“I am thrilled to put all of the information I learned to practice in my growing nonprofit.”

Dawne Hoeg

“The presenter is very knowledgeable and easy to follow. She provides numerous templates and suggestions which can be put into place immediately.”

Lori Baker, Alexander Leigh Center for Autism

“Outstanding resources provided and many keen insights shared.  Well worth my time and attention. I look forward to sharing this knowledge with my fellow board members.”

James Mason

“Robin shared practical, useful information that when implemented, will enable my organization to operate more efficiently and effectively.”

Moira Hanes, Empowered By Light

“Wow,  I am the President and Founder of a non-profit organization that is now in it's third year of operation.  This webinar was exactly what I needed and look forward to sharing this information with the Board.  Plus I now have way more knowledge regarding finding the best Board candidates, being clear on what the expectations are and performing the annual self-assessments.  Furthermore it's time to develop a Board Governance Committee.”

Dionne Williamson, UPward Design for Life

“This was a great step by step guide to having a more engaged board of directors. Thank you! This was exactly what I needed.”

Tamara Shackelford, Lucy Corr

“The webinar gave wonderful insight into the process of creating an involved and committed board. support was given to the positive things our organization was doing as well and considerable guidance with respect to our organizational shortcomings and how to correct them.”

Dwayne Aboud, El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association

"This webinar was an excellent introduction to the framework necessary for full board success.  A good board is the foundation of a nonprofit's success, and a highly functioning board is within reach if you use some of the tools introduced in the workshop."

Cathi  Alloway, Schlow Centre Region Library

“These seminars are in a very user-friendly format and it's great that you can download the material and hear the archived webinar afterwards. Thank you.”

Fran Newman-McCarthy

“Robin's presentation was educational AND thought-provoking for me! It was helpful to learn that we're doing some things right, but could make improvements. I can't wait to get into the supplemental materials, as I think those alone justify the cost of the webinar. Highly recommend!”

Karen Fouts, SIETAR USA

“This webinar was a great resource for best practice knowledge of board development.  I am excited to take many of the things I learned and the shared tools and use them in the field with my Board of Directors.  I highly recommend this for anyone in governance or who engages with your organization's board.”

Whitney Wong,  Oregon Nurses Association

“How to Engage Your Board members provided excellent information that was easy to understand and implement.  The documents and templates will be extremely helpful as we move forward.”

Scott Merritt,  Murphy-Harpst

“This was a great webinar that highlighted what we are missing at the board level and how to put together a really good board, and how to keep them engaged for maximum performance.”

Regina Barhydt, Eating Disorders Resource Center

“How to engage your board is a realistic, inspirational reminder and educational tool about what we should be doing before we complain about our board members!”

Mary Rottschafer, Critter Barn

“I was astounded by what I didn't know about Creating an Engaged BoD!  I have served on many boards for many years, and I don't think that any of them had (any/all) the processes that were presented today.  While my nonprofit's BOD is "engaged", I didn't know the true meaning of the word until the webinar today.”

Pamela Singletary, Mission NE

About Your Topic Expert:

Robin L. Cabral is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with over twenty years of experience and millions of dollars raised assisting non-profit organizations as a development professional overseeing all aspects of fund development from annual funds to capital campaigns and donor communications.

Educationally, Robin has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a Masters of Arts in Philanthropy and Fund Development from Saint Mary’s of Minnesota.  She currently holds the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a graduate of Leadership Southcoast (2010).

Robin is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice. She has served on the National Catholic Development Conference Planning Committee and the Professional Development Committee; she was on the board of AFP-RI, has been a conference presenter, workshop leader, roundtable leader, moderator, and facilitator, and was a recent AFP-RI Conference Planning Committee Co-Chair. She is also an AFP Master Faculty Trainer and has served on the AFP International Education and Training Committee.

In 2012, Robin started Development Consulting Solutions “Hire A CFRE!” that provides outsourced fund development consulting services and interim fund development staffing.  Robin works with small to mid-sized nonprofits throughout the Northeastern U.S. and beyond.

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