Submitted by United Way of Thurston County

Engaging community members in service is a critical aspect of the work of United Way of Thurston County and this year’s class of attendees for the Olympia Board Academy, a training series for community leaders serving on local nonprofit boards, will improve the ability of nonprofit leaders for strategic governance of mission-based organizations. United Way is committed to boosting the capacity of our funded agency partners – those who provide critical services. Board and executive leadership is a “must-have” component of productive agencies.

United Way of Thurston County
participants from nonprofits will learn about a variety of important topics at The Olympia Board Academy. Photo courtesy: United Way of Thurston County

From January through June 2018, participants from over a dozen nonprofit organizations will meet for half-day, interactive trainings on topics such as: The Art of Nonprofit Leadership, Board Involvement in Fundraising and The Strategic Nonprofit and Its Board. Presented by the Third Sector Company, Inc. in partnership with United Way of Thurston County, these sessions provide a comprehensive approach for board leaders to gain the necessary tools and knowledge for successful growth and development of nonprofit organizations.

Patty Belmonte, CEO of Hands on Children’s Museum attended Board Academy and said, “I want you to know how much I appreciated the class and how valuable it was for me. As a life-long learner and a long-time director, I have attended many trainings over the years… This training was targeted at a high level, filled with pearls of wisdom that made me stop and think, and timely for the issues our organization is dealing with. I truly benefited from and found inspiration in each session. Having board members share in the learning is such a great benefit.”

Those interested in participating can learn more by visiting https://thirdsectorcompany.com/product/board-chairs-academy-olympia-wa/

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