Board Service Program

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Nonprofit Board Certificate Program

Board Service:  Be Prepared!

9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.


Payment is due upon registration.
Mail to:  Brown County Humane Society, PO Box 746, Nashville, IN 47448

Brown County Humane Society is pleased to offer the Nonprofit Board Certificate Program.  This seminar will be conducted by Dr. Al Lyons (from IU’s nonprofit faculty at SPEA), the developer of Bloomington’s Board Service program. This certificate will be offered to individuals who complete a ½ day seminar consisting of four sessions. Each of the four sessions includes opportunities for discussion as well as hands-on workshop activities.
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What will be covered?

  • Board Member Expectations
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Finances & Fundraising
  • Managing Board Obligations
  • Regulations
  • Questions to Ask
  • Making Maximum Impact

There will be ample opportunities for discussion as well as hands-on workshop activities throughout the session.

If you have questions, contact Julie Ness at (317) 491-2998 or

Session Details

The four topics covered in the Board Certification Program provide a comprehensive overview of the various aspects involved with board membership for an Indiana nonprofit organization.


The Nonprofit Board in Today’s World:
The Roles and Responsibilities of Board Membership

A description of the position the Board of Directors or Trustees plays in a successful nonprofit organization. The session presents the various types of structures nonprofit boards might take and guidelines on the differing board roles and activities required by these structures. It also provides guidelines on effective relationships between the staff and the board of the organization. The session concludes with a summary of the responsibilities all nonprofit organizations and their boards have to a community – and in particular the challenges they face in our current economic and political environment.


The Law and Nonprofit Board Members:
Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities of Board Membership

An outline of the regulatory considerations that apply to Indiana nonprofit organizations and their Boards. The session emphasizes the legal role of board members, both as individuals and as members of a governing board. It also defines the liabilities of board members and provides guidelines to protect the board members and the organization from legal claims. The legal relationships of nonprofit organizations to government and business are also addressed, including the rights and restrictions related to political advocacy, lobbying, and regulations governing self-interest and other business practices.


Financial and Fundraising Duties of Nonprofit Board Members:
Providing Fiduciary Oversight and Funding Resources

A presentation on the fiscal responsibilities of nonprofit board members. The session includes examples of financial reports that are used by nonprofit organizations as well as evaluation guidelines for financial oversight. It emphasizes the role of the board in ensuring adequate resources to support the organization’s mission. This includes possible fundraising roles related to annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, and endowments. Additional information is shared on the board role in generating earned income, making investments, and grant seeking.


Being a Productive Board Member:
Assessing a Board Position – and Filling that Role Effectively

Guidelines on the questions a new board member might ask when considering board service. The session outlines the ongoing operation of a typical board and offers guidelines on how an individual board member can be most effective, including how to work as a committee member and ensure effective meetings. Information includes the role of the Board in organizational planning and evaluation. The session concludes with a brief outline of future trends affecting nonprofit organizations and the Board, including emphasis on increased collaboration among nonprofit organizations.



Al LyonsPresenter Al Lyons, PhD is currently a Lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington teaching courses in Nonprofit Management for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).

Previously Al was Director of Social Innovation and Nonprofit Management at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Before entering the doctoral program in Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI, for over 30 years Al provided management consulting services for nonprofit organization around the country.

While completing his doctorate at Indiana University, he helped start the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program at IU and served as Associate Director of the program for three years.