Effective, Motivated Board Governance

Training current and future board members to make a difference in our community.

Effective, motivated boards are critical to a nonprofit organization’s ability to develop its capacity and achieve its mission. This training consists of a series of topics that break down the best practices and responsibilities of an effective governing body. The full-day board training covers all topics and typically requires 6 hours of contact time. The material can be abbreviated for a shorter time-frame or built-out for custom workshops, or each respective module can be addressed in greater specificity in a seminar fashion. 

About our Board Governance Training

The ASU Lodestar Center’s Board Governance program is an effective tool in augmenting the knowledge of those who are experienced board members, as well as those who are new to board service. Every attendee or board member receives a training manual with resources, descriptions, examples, and exercises which help to build the capacity of the organization even after the training is completed. Each training can be geared to a specific audience, including: boards of directors, chief executive officers, board volunteers, corporations, small businesses, civil organizations and any other group that would like to have their employees/members trained to be effective community leaders through service as board members. 

Topics include

  • Board Imperatives: Learn the Philosophical, ethical and legal issues important to an organization and expands on the foundations of organizational effectiveness including mission and vision.

  • Board-Staff Relationships: Explore the Executive Director/CEO-Chair dynamics and role definitions, along with relationships, responsibilities, expectations and policies.

  • Board Organization: Consider the importance of committees and task forces as well and review board life cycles and design, operation and delegation.

  • Leadership Development: Engage in meaningful discussion and decision-making strategies. Also describes engaged Board members and tools for recruiting and developing excellent board members.

  • Financial Management: Understand the importance of financials and budgeting responsibilities, setting standards for financial management, financial oversight and the all-important reporting.

  • Strategic Planning: Appreciate the strategic planning process and key factors that impact the effectiveness of a plan. Explore the board’s role in determining the goals and objective of the organization.

  • Resource Development: Develop an entrepreneurial perspective of fundraising, with a focus on diversifying the resource base. Learn about the Board’s role in fund raising and leadership.

  • Advocacy-Lobbying: Explore the board’s role in policy and government relations as well as the limitations on lobbying activities and best practices for sharing a message with the community.

  • Community Liaison: Explains the role of the board in serving as the organization’s champion in the community, and how board members can be the most effective advocates of the organization with other constituents.

  • The Ever-Changing Scene: Understand how current issues in the sector impact organizational operations such as external regulatory issues, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as overhead ratios, collective impact, auditors and accountability, etc.


Estimated $4500 for a 6-hour training session for up to 25 participants. Prices vary based on length of training, number of participants and other factors. Prices are subject to change without notification.

What others are saying...

“Having the board governance training delivered by ASU Lodestar Center was exactly the right thing at exactly the right time! All organizations need to engage in self-examination and reinvention to stay strong and viable into the future. The facilitator  -- and both the material and how she presented it -- had us looking at the things we do and how we do them with new eyes. It was the perfect precursor to our strategic planning process, which is the next important project for our Board of Directors. I highly recommend this program.”

Mary Pomroy | Executive Director | Arizona Women's Golf Association

The board governance training was both comprehensive and insightful. The full presentation instructed our Board of Directors on procedures that the best nonprofits use to their success. This presentation is for any nonprofit – new or old, big or small. It can teach newer nonprofits to focus on how their current structure prepares them for expansion and encourages older, mature nonprofits such as ours to be self-critical so not to become complacent in success. This is a fantastic program and highly recommended.”

Paula West | Phoenix Sister Cities Commission

The ASU Lodestar Center delivered its Effective, Motivated Board Governance Training as part of our annual board retreat, and it was a fantastic experience. In fact, it exceeded all my expectations. What we learned in just three short hours was incredibly helpful to our Board of Directors. The facilitator asked the right questions which led to real learning and developing effective solutions. I highly recommend this training and I look forward to putting what we learned to use.”

Mike Hughes | President | Arizona School Boards Association

Contact Us

For more information, please email nonprofit@asu.edu or call (602) 496-0500.