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Models of Governance (Partner Event)

Aug. 4, 2021, 4:30pm-6pm EDT


This webinar is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN).

Great boards don’t happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, training, structure, tools, technology, passion, and dedication to create a high-impact board. In this session, the presenter will lead nonprofit board members through an educational training on effective models of nonprofit governance. This workshop is great for current and future board members, along with nonprofit staff who work with boards. 

Topics include: 
  • Define “Governance” what it means to be on a nonprofit board 
  • Develop a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member 
  • Learn the characteristics of a high-impact board 
  • Understand various types of board: working board, managing board, policy board, ratifying board, and a failing board
Event Details
This workshop is one in a series hosted by MCN. Through our partnership, MANP members can also register for Nonprofit Finance for Boards on July 21st and Inclusion and Diversity on August 18th, both of which take place from 4:30pm-6pm EDT / 3:30-5pm CDT. MANP members can only register for workshops individually, not the Board Training Series as a whole.

About the Presenter
Jennifer Rajala Sawyer brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, board governance, and public affairs. Jennifer specializes in designing and developing high-impact governance boards. She currently serves as Governance Chair to First National Bank of Northfield, Heywood Bancshares Holding Company, Rebound Hospitality and Northfield Automation Systems. She is also a Board Director to Stratapoint, Inc., and College City Beverage.

With an extraordinary passion for volunteerism and philanthropy, Jennifer is engaged in a number of local, national, and global philanthropic and micro-lending organizations. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees including Junior League of Minneapolis, Opportunity International, YMCA, WINGS, 5th Bridge, Northfield Area Foundation, Arts Guild and Bethel Lutheran Church. Jennifer graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in speech theater and psychology. She resides with her husband and three sons in Northfield, Minnesota.

  • MANP Members Save $20!
  • $45 MANP members / $65 Nonmembers
  • Enter code NCN when registering for discount
  • Registration for this event is through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
  • MANP members can register for individual Board Training Series events, not the series as a whole.
  • Click Here to Register – don’t forget to enter discount code NCN
Please contact the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits with questions about registration and/or webinar content at info@minnesotanonprofits.org.

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