Instructor: David Renz, PhD, director emeritus of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Dates for this four-day in-person program:
If you would like to be notified when we schedule the next offering of The Essentials of Effective Board Service: Preparing to Make a Difference please let us know at / (816) 235-5720.

Our four-session in-depth introduction to board service draws upon the nationally recognized expertise of Dr. David Renz, director emeritus of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, with brief presentations from a diverse group of experienced board leaders from across the Kansas City community. The goal of the series is to prepare current and emerging community leaders to serve effectively as members of the governing boards of nonprofit and other community and public service organizations.

See the new Pay What You Can option below.



Program Details

Session 1: Boards, Governance, and Public Service Leadership: Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board and Its Members
Date: April 6, 2024

  • Introduction to Nonprofit (and Governmental) Boards
  • Making Sense of the Work of a Governing Board
  • The Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Board Work
  • The Core Responsibilities of Boards

Session 2: Show Us the Money Part One! The Board’s Role in Securing and Using It Wisely
Date: April 13,2024

  • Overview of Financial Leadership and Accountability
  • Understanding the Organization as a Financial Creature
  • Making Sense of Financial Reports
  • Insights from the Boardroom

Session 3: Show Us the Money Part Two! The Board’s Role in Fundraising and Development
Date: April 20, 2024

  • Philanthropy and Nonprofit Business Models
  • Board Roles in Fund Raising and Development
  • The Basics of Philanthropy and Raising Money
  • Insights from the Boardroom

Session 4: Organizing for Successful Board Work
Date: April 27, 2024

  • Variations in How Boards and Related Governance Structures Are Organized
  • Developing an Effective Board-Executive-Staff Partnership
  • What It Takes to be an Effective Board Member
  • Strategy, Strategic Thinking, Decision Making
  • The Passion to Serve: Finding the Right Match for Board Service


Pay What You Can Program
In an effort to make our offerings more assessable and affordable to a wider range of individuals and organizations, we are offering the following discount options, while compensating our instructors fairly for their work.

This series is being offered at a suggested price of $125. If you are unable to pay the suggested fee, you are very much welcome to use one of the discount promo codes so you can join this series.

Promo Codes:

For $25 off use the following promo code: Board25
For $50 off use the following promo code: Board50

If you or your organization need additional assistance to participate in this series please let us know at / (816) 235-5720.


UMKC Bloch Heritage Hall (5110 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri) – Room 103 (The Sunderland Foundation Classroom).

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or 

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