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Powerhouse Boards Resources

Welcome! Use this landing page as a resource as you put into action what you learn through this course.

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS: I took questions posed during class and in the survey and answered them here.

Class resources

Session 1 slides | Recording
Session 2 slides | Recording
Session 3 slides | Recording | Chat Transcript

General resources


Board matrix
Board application form
Democracy NC example of board application invitation

Good reading
The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership by Anne Wallestad
9 Strategies to Decolonize Your Board (the article that contains the survey)
Best Practices – Fact or Myth? New Research Challenges Conventions in Nonprofit Management (jump to the table on page 3 to see what would contribute the most to your success)

🎙 Check out the Nonprofit Radio Show podcast for many episodes related to boards!


Board orientation video (free on the Nonprofit Learning Center site)
Board Orientation Checklist
Board Orientation Plan (word document)

Board job description template (BoardSource)
Board job description example
CFOH board roles and responsibilities example (thank you Pat!)
Commitment form 1
Commitment form 2
Commitment form 3
Commitment form 4
Commitment form 5
“What Every Board Member Should Know About Finance and Accounting” from JJCO
Roles and responsibilities from all volunteer to staff organization


Meeting agenda (word doc)
ED Report

Keep learning

Nonprofit Radio Show – Nancy co-hosts (with Sarah Brooks) a podcast for small nonprofits. FREE LEARNING! Subscribe today.

Nonprofit Learning Center – an collection of anytime, on-demand learning on nonprofit topics.

Nonprofit Safety Hero – free safety and health training tools for nonprofits

Nonprofit Labor & Industries Navigator (for Washington State nonprofits) – free resources on worker-related compliance