The Bridge: Board Training
Learn about the work of volunteer leaders on nonprofit and public boards with our interactive, one-day training. Since 2004, Seattle Works has trained nearly 200 people every year on the basics of board service through The Bridge: Board Training.
“Great clarification of different types of boards and commitment levels involved - I now am confident I can succeed on a board aligned with my skills, passion, and time.”
– Bridge Graduate '17
“This was the motivation I needed! I have been invited to serve [on a board] and now will happily say yes.”
– Bridge Graduate '16
“I can do this and I want to do this! All day, the class reinforced for me that this is the way I want to help my community.”
– Bridge Graduate ‘15
“[The training] was very helpful. Definitely answered the questions I had about becoming a board member, and whether this would be right for me."
– Bridge Graduate ‘14
The Bridge: Board Training is designed to demystify board service, covering everything from meetings to governance to fundraising strategies. It's a great resource for individuals who have previously volunteered and are looking to increase their impact, develop new skills or practice personal leadership, or have been ask to serve on a board but lack the expertise to do so confidently. Each workshop in The Bridge: Board Training lets individuals practice new and useful skills and build a sense of community responsibility with a network of peers.
Each session is led by a facilitator with professional experience with nonprofit and public boards, the local nonprofit sector, and the skills required of board members. Following the course, graduates become part of our alumni network, receiving the opportunity to connect with our nonprofit partners seeking board members through events like Board Networking Happy Hour.
- Nonprofit Leadership: An overview of the nonprofit sector, including the unique position of board volunteers to influence organizational policy and culture to build more effective nonprofits
- Nonprofit and Public Boards: An overview of the nonprofit governance, including the roles and responsibilities of board members, and an overview of city, county, state, and federal boards/commissions
- Introduction to Fundraising: An overview of nonprofit fundraising and the role that boards play in raising funds, including some helpful suggestions and strategies
- Financial and Legal Responsibilities: An overview of how boards supervise financial and legal aspects of nonprofits, with a focus on demystifying the oversight process
- Interactive Board Simulation: An approachable introduction to public speaking, discussion, and navigating board structures
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