Conferences + Intensives

Board Boot Camp

MANP’s Board Boot Camps offer essential training for new and experienced board members, providing them with practical information, resources, and tools that they can put to use right away to further their organizations’ missions.

MANP offers Board Boot Camp each spring and fall.

Spring 2017 Board Boot Camps
Portland, ME
Registration Now Open!

May 17 – Board Basics: Core Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
May 18 – Advanced: Making Your Good Board Great
Both days 9am-3pm (registration + networking 8-9am)


  • $125 MANP Members/$165 NonMembers per day
  • Team learning increases impact! Save $25 for each additional board member from your organization who registers.
  • Members who register for BOTH days will get a special bonus gift–free access (up to $50 value) to the Strategic Board Recruitment Toolkit. (Non-members will receive a $50 discount.)
  • Limited scholarships available.

What Past Attendees Say:

“Board Boot Camp was just fantastic. I was there with three members of the board of our small nonprofit. We learned so much. I left feeling like the very new board finally understood the Board/Executive Director relationship. It was amazing to watch all of us learning and working together.”
“Info was presented clearly and in an energizing manner. Very helpful to have the opportunity to reflect on important issues affecting board effectiveness.”

Basics – The Core Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards 

This session is for you if:

  • You’re new to nonprofit governance
  • You wonder whether your board is covering all of its bases
  • Your organization has grown beyond its “grassroots” origins, but the board has not

Do you ever worry about whether the board you’re on is covering all of its bases – or whether there’s some outstanding risk or liability that you’ve overlooked? This workshop will provide participants with a working understanding of the legal, fiduciary, and governance obligations of nonprofit boards of directors. Attendees will gain clarity regarding the “must do” and “should do” that tasks every board faces and acquire strategies for engaging current and potential new board members in sharing the workload. Everyone will leave with an action plan for increasing the effectiveness of their board and heightened confidence regarding nonprofit board governance in an increasingly complex environment.

Registration includes a complimentary copy of MANP’s Board Basics Handbook or Keys to Successful Board Recruitment.

Download the Basics Agenda Overview.

Presented by Gary Stern. Gary Stern is the president of Portland-based Stern Consulting International, specializing in governance, strategic planning, and marketing with nonprofits, associations and multi-sector collaborations. He led the Drucker Foundation International Training team, is the author of numerous nonprofit guidebooks, and is a well-known national speaker and consultant. His Maine clients include Healthy Maine Partnerships, Penobscot East Resource Center, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Frannie Peabody Center, and Community Concepts, Inc.

Advanced – Making Your Good Board Great

This session is for you if: 

  • You or your board are beyond the basics
  • You want to help make the board better and you’re not sure what steps to take
  • Or,  despite your passion for the organization, you are feeling disengaged and/or untapped as a board member

You’re confident that the board on which you serve is meeting all of its obligations, but do you ever wonder why you’re counting the days until your board tenure is over? In this session, participants will gain greater understanding of the essential practices at which great boards excel and how these practices, in turn, result in meaningful board member engagement, dynamic and strategically focused board and committee meetings, and heightened performance in many areas, including fundraising, board member recruitment, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Download the Advanced Agenda Overview.

Registration includes a complimentary copy of MANP’s Board Basics Handbook or Keys to Successful Board Recruitment.

Presented by Stephanie Cotsirilos. Stephanie Cotsirilos is a former Wall Street attorney with a prior career on and off Broadway. An independent management consultant based in Portland, she supports organizations through executive transition, strategic planning and growth, building board governance, research, and honing impactful stories and communications in furtherance of mission. Her clients’ work spans health care and prevention, financial services, education, housing and human services, environmental engineering, immigrant economic opportunity, and the arts. A panelist at the 2011 Chicago conference of the National Women and AIDS Collective, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, authored elections reform legislation, and sits on the University of Maine’s President’s Board of Visitors.

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