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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Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
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Top Rated

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

A Whopping 90% of the People Who Attended This Nonprofit Webinar Rated It As Great to Excellent!

During this 90-minute live 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:

"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

“Organized, creative use of interactive polls, encouraged questions and comments so we learned from each other, excellent information.”

Holly Schultz

“Thorough, engaging and relevant. It's just what I signed up for.”

Courtney Dunevant, Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action

“Information presented was very applied and will be useful to our organization.  The content and delivery far exceeded my expectations.”

Joann Lindenmayer.

“Excellent webinar, I have been looking for board development information for a while now but this 1.5 hour webinar provided me with lots of information that I will be able to use immediately. I am very excited, and the tools given are very helpful as well.”

Anita Hassell, Catholic Charities

“Excellent in content and practical knowledge to implement.”

Diane Aruda, ICA Cristo Rey Academy

“I have been in my position for a long time. I found the presentation gave me renewed energy to restructure my board.”

Ellen Tracy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut

“I'm a seasoned ED and found this useful.  We can get so busy day to day that we forget to invest time in our board - loved the handouts!”

Betty Mitchell, Highland Telephone Cooperative

“Good information that was comprehensive and on-topic.”

Bruce Meade

“Very valuable information was given, great presenter who is very knowledgeable.  Having to be able to get templates after the webinar is great.”

Colleen Greenleaf, Portage Health Foundation

“Great presentation with much needed information. Will definitely like having the information available for review.”

Shawn Johnson

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.

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

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