Nonprofit Board Certification

Guidance for Strengthening Your Board Service

The Nonprofit Board Certificate Program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. Our program defines the roles and responsibilities for board service.

The program is a four-hour workshop that includes the following topics:

1. The Roles and Responsibilities of Being on a Board

  • Prevalence and impact of nonprofit organizations
  • How nonprofit organizations operate
  • Board roles and responsibilities

2. Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities of the Board

  • The nonprofit organization as a legal entity
  • The legal “duties” and responsibilities of board members
  • Legal liabilities of board members
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and nonprofit board service

3. Nonprofit Fundraising and the Board

  • Revenue sources of nonprofit organizations
  • Donor motivations
  • Truths about fundraising
  • Prospecting individual donors

4. Nonprofit Financial Management and Board Structures

  • Evolving issues facing nonprofits and their boards
  • Nonprofit and for-profit finances: What are the differences?
    • Nonprofit income statement
    • Nonprofit audits
    • IRS Form 990
  • Nonprofit Board Committees and Taskforces
    • Elected position
    • Recruitment

If you are interested in training for your business or organization, contact Kevin Peterson for information on arranging a customized training for at kevin.peterson@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-7585.