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.

Fall 2017 Board Boot Camp
September 20, 2017
Bar Harbor, ME
9:00am-3:00pm (registration + networking 8:00-9:00am)
Registration Now Open!

Board Basics: Core Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
Advanced: Making Your Good Board Great


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

Presented by Deb Claflin. Deb Claflin joined Starboard Leadership Consulting in 2015 and has been doing primarily strategic planning and governance work with nonprofit organizations. Before joining Starboard, Deb was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the American Hospital Association. In this role, Deb provided governance, strategic business, and employee relations advice to the executive and board leadership of the AHA family of associations and charities. Projects included organizational transitions, developing new revenue lines and expanding the federal contracts portfolio. Prior to joining AHA, Deb practiced corporate law at three nationally prominent law firms. In addition to her work with large nonprofits, Deb has experience with small and start-up organizations. For five years, Deb volunteered as team leader at the Chicago Arts & Business Council, whose teams of business professionals assist arts nonprofits to develop strategic, business and marketing plans. Deb’s clients included emerging theater groups, an alliance to open a community arts center, a photography center and an art league. Deb was a founding board member of the Chicago city chapter of Impact 100, an all-volunteer grant-making organization. Deb is a member of the Bangor Rotary and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bangor Ballet. She lives in Bangor with her husband and has two grown children.

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.

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

Presented by Jeff Wahlstrom. 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. www.starboardleadership.com

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