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Initiative hosts webinar to help partners build strong boards of directors

Nonprofits that take a motivational approach and give board members a “terrific experience” can transform their board into enthusiastic leaders, nonprofit consultant Gail Perry told community partners of the N.C. Community Development Initiative during an April 16 webinar.

“Take Your Board from Bored to Blazing” was the second in a two-part board development series featuring the head of Gail Perry Associates, a Raleigh-based nonprofit fundraising consulting firm.

Perry shared tips and concrete steps that an organization can take to transform its board. It covered:

  • A different philosophy and approach to working with a board of directors
  • Four personal changes nonprofit leaders should make before they can change their board
  • Seven steps to change a board from “bored to blazing”
  • Ways to improve board meetings and overall board experience
  • An action plan for board members

The presentation slides can be viewed online at

The webinar is part of a series of monthly training opportunities offered free to the public as part of the Initiative’s expanded technical assistance program. Initiative training webinars and workshops are designed to help community economic development practitioners implement strategic business plans and increase their impact in the communities they serve.

Topics for the Initiative’s monthly trainings come from the needs and performance issues identified by partners as well as state and national trends and best practices in community economic development. Visit for workshop details.

For more information on the Initiative’s technical assistance program, visit or contact LaVett Saddler at (919) 835-6015 or

The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit

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