We’re out to make better board members for EP nonprofits

When Eden Prairie’s nonprofits are strong, mission-driven, and getting results, everyone wins. People requiring help and support receive it, and the need for taxpayer-funded assistance is often reduced.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that the founders of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation envisioned that this organization would collaborate with and in fact help strengthen the community’s other nonprofits. This vision has led the Foundation to regularly meet with other local nonprofit leaders, provide support via grants, turn the community spotlight on the awesome work of nonprofits, and find projects on which we can collaborate.

As the maxim goes, we all do better when we work together.

To that end, the Foundation is offering professionally led training to current and prospective members of nonprofit boards when it holds the Board Boot Camp from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Heritage Rooms of the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road.

By collaborating with Propel Nonprofits, the Foundation can offer this training for $25 per person, whereas you would typically pay much more than that if you were taking Propel’s downtown workshops. It helps that we have support from our partners, Flagship Bank and the City of Eden Prairie. (Flagship is providing refreshments for the workshop; the city is waiving its room rental fee.)

Volunteer board members will participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and more knowledge about their role after attending this Board Boot Camp. Participants will:

  • Learn typical board responsibilities;
  • Identify the nuances of board authority and relationships; and
  • Discuss how they would respond to specific board scenarios.

Plus, participants will take home the Board Boot Camp Participant Guide and a publication titled Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations.

If you are a board member or the executive director for an Eden Prairie nonprofit, you can register and pay for the local Board Boot Camp on this website. Hurry, space is limited to 40 participants and many seats have already been taken.

For more information, contact the Foundation’s executive director, Mark Weber, at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].

Categories: Feature, Foundation News

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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