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Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~July 2009~


       Like all volunteers, advisory group members need training.  The following check list provides the basics that should be included in training for new members. There is space for you to indicate if you are currently including this topic in your training.


Training Topic


1.     The mission and purpose of the organization, agency, or program.

For a nonprofit--this is your mission statement and the purpose of the organization.  In a governmental program it is the mission of the agency or arm of government.  In a business setting it is the purpose of community engagement by the company.

2.    How the purpose is carried out.

This describes how the mission or purpose is accomplished. A brief overview of how programs and activities accomplish the  mission is sufficient. For example, our mission is to increase reading levels for adults.  We recruit volunteers to mentor and tutor adults for whom English is a second language. 

3.    Describe all aspects of programs in the organization, agency, or program.

Details, details, details.  Invite people who volunteer to talk about what he/she does.  If support material is used in programs, have copies.  Videos are a useful tool.

4.    Past accomplishments of the program and the advisory group.

New members need to know what the advisory board has done in the past:  completed a three year strategic plan for the volunteer programs; advised the county commission on issues ranging from A – D; represented the company in informational meetings in 5 departments of the company.

5.    How money is raised, budgeted, and spent.

Time to explain in broad strokes the organizational budget, but with specific information on the budget to support the engagement of volunteers.  It is also time to educate advisory members on their roles related to the budget building and management process.

6.    History of the organization, agency, or program.

History of the organization and the advisory group: when founded, activities over time, number of people who have served on the advisory group, etc.

7.    Organizational structure and where the advisory group "fits."

This is training for the advisory group on where the recommendations go.  It should be visual and colorful.

8.    Advisory group roles and responsibilities and how those are carried out.

This was covered in last month’s Volunteer Today and can be accessed in archives.  This topic is one that should take the most time in a training session.


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