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Nonprofit board training Oct. 30

Staff Reports

Service on a nonprofit board is a source of pride to the individual and one of great responsibility.

The 33 organization members of Active Volunteers in Douglas are holding a board training session 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center. The topics for this first session will cover fiduciary responsibility, board recruitment and board self-evaluation. Each topic will include discussions on ethics and ethical dilemmas.

There are significant legal and ethical issues involved in board membership for every board member. These issues are often dismissed or ignored at the peril of both individuals and the organizations they are governing. The training sessions will cover what options, constraints and legal requirements every board member has and what it means to avoid "the appearance of wrong-doing."

Just basking in the role of board member is not enough. The facts of having federal, state and organization status requires compliance and knowledge about board management and, therefore, management of the organization the board works for. For example, when a nonprofit has the IRS 501(c)3 designation, that nonprofit is subject to the unrelated business income tax rule. That means the nonprofit cannot establish a gift shop that competes with for-profit businesses.

Individuals now serving on a nonprofit board or, those who would like to serve on a board, are encouraged to sign up. Experienced and trained board members are encouraged to participate as an opportunity to refresh knowledge and as a support for fellow and future board members who will be receiving training for the first time. The trainer is Steve Decker of Family Support Council.

There is no charge. Registration deadline is Oct. 27. Contact meconaway@charter.net to register.