Workshop for Nonprofits: How to build dynamic nonprofit boards (and write winning grants too)

Plus secrets for smart grant writing

Putting together an effective board for a nonprofit organization—plus keeping board members functioning together as a dynamic team—is a behind-the-scenes science in which Steve Sanders is an expert.

The Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce started their new year with his highly-praised workshop about how to recruit and retain excellent board members, how to transform an existing board and how to become a better board member.

The event caused some excitement, so Hometown Publishing’s Synergy Summit project and the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce decided to join with other mountain groups to bring Sanders here this spring. He has already accepted the invitation.

“I will cover the basics of board development (roles and responsibilities of a board, tips on recruitment, the role of boards in resource development and the different functions of board and staff),” he said, “and we’ll include segments on strategic planning and grant writing.”

If you and members of your board would like to participate in such a workshop—as an individual or as a group—email (Subject Line: Smart Boards) or call 661-245-3794 to be put on the pre-registration list so we can decide on size of venue. The workshop is free, but space will be limited, so reserve your spot today. We will follow up with date, time and place.

A little background:
Steve Sanders is the Chief of Staff for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS). He oversees the educational television station KETN, the California Living Museum, the Kern County Network for Children and the nonprofit Ready to Start that prepares children for kindergarten. He has worked with KCSOS since 1998, while serving as Director of the Kern County Network for Children (1998-2004). Before that he was Director of the United Way of Kern County (1995-1998).

Sanders has served on boards for the Bakersfield Sports Foundation, Bakersfield Symphony, California Living Museum, Kern County Museum Foundation, Rotary Club of Bakersfield, Ready to Start, League of Dreams, the Vernon Valenzuela Memorial Foundation and the Mendiburu Magic Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee. He recently completed his fourth term with the Kern Community Foundation.

Sanders and his wife are the proud parents of 16 and 20-year-old daughters. He was born in Denver, Colorado, where he earned a University of Denver B.A. His Masters in Public Administration is from CSU Bakersfield. Sanders is in his eighth year as an Adjunct Lecturer at CSU Bakersfield, teaching classes in Nonprofit Management and Grant Writing.

This is part of the March 08, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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