Nonprofit Board and Volunteer Development

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most nonprofits, and board members are a special type of volunteer. Learn 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.

Who Should Attend

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

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Explain why people volunteer and how nonprofits can make volunteer programs 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.

Date: Open enrollment - register any time

Location: Online

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $150

CEUs: 0.5

Program Number: 7710-11307

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