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Board Orientation Program
Presented in partnership with SCORE Santa Fe

Friday, September 20, 2019 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Note: Participation in this program is via application which closed on August 15, 2019. Please join our mailing list for updates on this and other programs to support our sector.  

This program is presented in partnership with

Nonprofit leadership is critical for maintaining a thriving nonprofit sector and delivering services to our board development program. Our goal is to create an ongoing orientation that gives active board members an introduction to the nonprofit sector and provides support, knowledge, and skill-building around the fundamentals of nonprofit board participation.

Designed specifically for current nonprofit board members, this series includes speakers from the community to address the day-to-day details and real-life responsibilities of board service. Whether your board is 3 years old or 30, with a large staff or no staff, your role as a board member is critical. 

Participants will be provided with a board book at the first session. Handouts and information from each session will be added to the book for ongoing reference. Each participant will also receive their own copy of the BoardSource publication, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards.

Program Participants:

  • Should be current board members at a nonprofit(s) in northern New Mexico.
  • Will be drawn from a range of experiences and organizational focus areas.
  • Will form a cohort with networking and mutual support encouraged.
  • Are expected to attend all 6 of the sessions (with mandatory attendance at the first session on September 13, 2019).
  • Can expect a modest amount of preparation for each session.

Group size will be small with no more than 20 participants.

Session content includes:

  • Nonprofits and your community
  • Legal responsibilities of board members
  • Board governance and leadership
  • Board recruitment (including diversifying your board) and assessment
  • Finance for boards
  • Fundraising for boards
  • Relationships with staff and fellow board members
  • Advocacy
  • Strategic planning

Session Dates and Timing:

Sessions take place at the Santa Fe Community Foundation from 2-5:30pm. (Formal program is 2-5pm with networking and extra time with facilitators from 5-5:30pm.) Participants are expected to attend all 6 sessions, with the first session on September 13 mandatory. 

  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Friday, September 27, 2019
    Note: No session on Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Friday, October 25, 2019

Facilitation Team
Roy Bowen has served nonprofits in progressive leadership roles. Roy's work has included development of effective board membership, vision and strategic planning, using social media with fundraising, and program service strengthening. His program over-sight has included child and adult violence, family counseling, education, and for the past ten years with a grief and loss center. Roy is a SCORE Mentor for small businesses and nonprofits.

Mike Mendez has over 20 years board leadership experience with nonprofit organizations that range in size from small homeowner associations to large national organizations. He has held board leadership positions including serving as board chair for a number of organizations.  He is a certified SCORE mentor and has developed and led SCORE educational programs for nonprofit leaders.

Marcia Swain retired from a 30-year law practice that focused on small business and nonprofit organizations.  She is a certified SCORE mentor and SCORE educator. She is knowledgeable about all aspects nonprofit operation including formation, legal requirements, and business structures. She has developed and led seminars and workshops on starting up nonprofits, board legal responsibilities and many others.

Additional presenters are drawn from the community for their expertise in the field.

To Apply:
The application for the fall 2019 cohort closed on August 15, 2019. Please join our mailing list for updates on this and other programs to support our sector.  

Applicants will be notified of their participation by August 23, 2019. If you prefer a hard copy/Word application, please contact us.

Note: We will consider up to two board members from a single organization so please don't hesitate to invite more than one of your members to apply.

Registration fees are sliding scale according to your organization's annual budget size:

  • $55, Organization budget under $150,000/year
  • $85, Organization budget between $150,000 - $500,000/year
  • $135, Organization budget over $500,000/year


Location: Santa Fe Community Foundation
501 Halona Street, Santa Fe
Fees: Sliding scale: $55, $85, $135
Calendar: Nonprofit Events and Technical Assistance
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