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Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofits, and board members are a special type of volunteer. See how they help guide the direction of a nonprofit, promote the organization in the community and ensure that the nonprofit’s mission is fulfilled.

This course can be applied to the Introductory Nonprofit Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the reasons why people volunteer and how nonprofits can make volunteer programs more successful
  • Describe the responsibilities of the nonprofit board
  • Discuss different models for organizing a nonprofit board
  • Describe the differences between a nonprofit board and a for-profit board
  • Explain different approaches for recruiting and filling a nonprofit board
  • Discuss the pros and cons of large vs. small boards
  • Describe why board evaluations are useful
  • Explain why nonprofit boards form committees
  • Discuss typical nonprofit board and staff interactions
  • Describe how nonprofits can develop and maintain a strong volunteer base


This workshop is self-paced and online. You will have access to this workshop for 30 days. Upon successful completion, you will receive a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Continuing Education completion verification.

Learners must score an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit.


This workshop is intended for adults seeking to gain a basic understanding of board and volunteer development in a nonprofit environment.

Online, course available July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016

Location: Online

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $150

CEUs: 0.5

Program Number: 7350-8465

Note: Students will have access to the class for 30 days.

Registration Deadline: Thu., June 30, 2016

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