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. Board Boot Camp is offered each Spring and Fall.

Board Boot Camp is now full. To be added to the wait list, please email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org. 2019 Board Boot Camp dates will be announced in mid-January.

Fall 2018 Board Boot Camp (Basics + Advanced)
Wednesday, October 17
9am-3pm (8am-9am Registration, Networking + Breakfast)
Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor


  • $125 MANP Members / $165 Nonmembers
  • Team learning increases impact! Save $25 for each additional member from your organization.

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.” -Fall 2017 Board Boot Camp Participant

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” tasks that 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.

Presenter: Lisa Jepson Wahlstrom, CFRE, has been a fundraiser for more than 25 years – working as a Development Director, as a fundraising consultant, and as a volunteer. A native of Maine and founder of Ovation Fundraising Counsel, Lisa has provided her professional expertise on feasibility studies, capital campaigns, development assessments, fundraising planning, grant writing, and a wide range of resource development projects to cultural, educational, and human service organizations.


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 underutilized 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 down 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.

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

Presenter: Jeff Wahlstrom is managing director of Starboard Leadership Consulting. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience as a nonprofit leader, board member, and consultant to an extensive list of clients, large and small, throughout Maine. He regularly provides counsel to boards on governance best practices, succession and transition planning, crisis management, and strategic planning. Jeff has developed an on-line board self-assessment tool for Maine nonprofits, and he is a frequent speaker on a wide range of board governance and nonprofit management topics.


Thank you to our 2018 Fall Board Boot Camp Sponsors: