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Gwinnett Series | Board Development

GCN’s Consulting Group works directly with more than 100 boards every year. Come hear lessons learned on what engaged boards look like – and what can disengage boards.

The success of any nonprofit board of directors starts with intentional board development and engagement. Successful boards contribute time, talent, and treasure, while providing governance, setting strategic direction, and ensuring a financially strong and viable organization. As most executives and board chairs will attest, however, engagement can often be the greatest challenge.

This session will focus on board development, engagement, and mobilization (getting your board to fundraise). Board roles and responsibilities will be covered, from legal considerations (duty of care, duty of obedience, and duty of loyalty) to activities such as recruitment and onboarding of new members. Learn the five tips for a successful board, plus best practices for board size and composition, agendas and meeting management, facilitating strategic conversations, and committee work.

This session will also examine boards and fundraising, including the three primary board roles in fundraising. We will practice “making the ask” and coaching others. Join us for a lively, practical, and fun training on how to develop and engage your board of directors.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a board matrix to understand board recruitment needs.
  • Create a board development plan.
  • Determine appropriate fundraising roles for your board members.


  • EDs/CEOs
  • Other senior staff working with boards
  • Board members, especially chairs and members serving on governance, executive, and nominating committees


Elizabeth has worked with and on behalf of low-wealth and marginalized populations to create a positive social impact over the last 12 years. She brings a unique background of generating and implementing innovative and break-through ideas within the social sector. Elizabeth holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where she was a CASE (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) Scholar.

Prior to her role at GCN, Elizabeth was the Director of Finance and Administration at Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) where she oversaw the acquisition and renovation of a $2.3 million, 7 acre, 61,000 square foot property. Prior to CHCA, Elizabeth was Care Coordinator at Pathways Community Network Inc., a technology-based social enterprise which operates Georgia’s Homeless Management Information System. She began her career in Washington DC working with leaders from Congress, the Federal Government, and the private sector on policy issues related to women and girls.

Elizabeth has advised several nonprofits and small businesses on strategy and business models. Elizabeth has expertise in the areas of social enterprise, business planning for nonprofit organizations and small businesses, strategic planning, grant management, feasibility studies, data management and technology systems, and market research. She has written several research and policy reports and presented at national and state-wide conferences.

Elizabeth lives in Atlanta, Georgia and enjoys gardening. 


  • November 15, 2019


9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
4900 Lewis Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Registration Details

$30 per session

Bundle and save!
Register for all four classes for $100
($20 discount)

Or register for a location 2-pack
($10 discount):
$50 for Duluth dates
$50 for Stone Mountain dates

Stone Mountain
Board Development  |  11.15.19

Gwinnett Series – Fall 2019
All 4 classes

Stone Mountain 2-Pack
Board Development & Grant Writing
11.15.19 & 12.13.19


Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.

Thank you to our sponsors Primerica and Nordson, and to our partners Peachtree Christian Health and FODAC for hosting the series.


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