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Leadership program to hold workshops for area nonprofits

November 20, 2006

The Washington County Leadership Development Program will hold a series of workshops designed for area nonprofits.

The first workshop in the series will be held on Jan. 10, 2007, at the American Red Cross building.

Entitled "The Ease (or Es) of Effective Boardsmanship," the three-hour seminar will feature guest speakers and panel discussions on major areas of interest including recruiting new board members, evaluating the work of a board and an organization's executive director, and how organizations can go about getting and keeping board members active and engaged in the mission.

"Now more than ever, nonprofits must elevate themselves to a higher standard of accountability, in terms of finances, operations and outcomes," Cindy Kalkbrenner, executive director of Leadership Washington County, said in a prepared release. "As a result, the board of directors of Leadership Washington County saw a need and began to develop a program specifically designed to help nonprofits in Washington County."

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A recent survey of local nonprofits revealed there is a desire for additional training.

Many nonprofits grapple with the problem of term limitations, how to evaluate an executive director, and motivating members to do more, the release says.

The first seminar is intended to provide some very basic guidelines for building better boards.

Another seminar is planned for February 2007, when participating nonprofits will have the opportunity to meet individuals from Class XX of Leadership Washington County who would like to serve on boards.

There are more than 600 nonprofits in Washington County.

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