Trainings for Nonprofit Board and Staff

As a partner in professional development for local nonprofit staff and board members, the Community Foundation seeks to enhance the skills necessary for a strong sector.


Community Foundation trainings, led by local and national experts, provide opportunities for participants to connect to new knowledge, and build relationships with each other. Our offerings are designed to enhance the governance, management and skills of local nonprofit board and staff members.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

On-Demand Learning

Explore the videos below and the accompanying worksheets we have developed to learn more about nonprofit leadership.

OnBoard: The Basics of Being an Effective Board Member

Serving as a board member is an incredible opportunity to lead within the nonprofit sector and put your passion for a charitable cause into practice. Along with an affinity for the mission, effective board members must possess a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities to keep your organization on track.

There are four primary basics for being an effective board member. As you watch the videos, we recommend following these worksheets:

  • Learning - Establish goals for successfully onboarding yourself to the organization.
  • Commitment - Identify ways you will show up as a doer, door opener and donor.
  • Fiduciary - Understand how you carry out the Duty of Care, Duty of Obedience and Duty of Loyalty as an effective board member.
  • Governance - Rate how well you are managing organizational health and consider remedies for ailing boards.

So You Want to Start a Nonprofit

There are over 29,000 organizations recognized as tax-exempt entities by the Internal Revenue Service that are chartered in Iowa. Starting a nonprofit is one option you may consider on your journey to impact an issue or challenge identified in a community. A nonprofit is a legal structure and there are requirements that must be upheld.

As you determine the best course of action, we recommend following these worksheets: