Wed, 24 June, 2020

Cenla Boardbuilders Seeking Participants, Nonprofit Partners

Cenla Boardbuilders Seeking Participants, Nonprofit Partners

Deadline to apply is July 31

Community Development Works is recruiting participants and nonprofit partners for the 2019 session of Cenla Boardbuilders, a program aimed at developing emerging leaders for service on boards of local nonprofit organizations. Due to impacts from COVID-19, the application deadline has been extended to July 31.

Individuals who are looking to join a nonprofit board or those currently serving as a board member are invited to apply. Interested nonprofit board members must be from a nonprofit with an actively engaged board with a working committee structure. To date, over 220 community members have participated in the program.

The program runs August through October and consists of a series of sessions about the roles and responsibilities of being an effective board member. Participants choose between two learning tracks: Track I is for currently seated board members who are only seeking governance training; Track II is for individuals with no previous board service who are seeking governance training in preparation for nonprofit board service and assistance with identifying a nonprofit match.

The program includes a networking lunch and a recruitment session that give participants and nonprofit leaders a chance to connect. These networking opportunities allow participants to learn about different organizations that meet their interests, and it gives nonprofits the chance to recruit new, energetic board members.

Nonprofit organizations looking to recruit new members for their boards of directors are encouraged to apply to be a nonprofit partner. Nonprofit partners are asked to commit the executive director and at least one board member to participate in a networking lunch and a recruitment session. These events will require total commitment time of less than four hours. The board member will serve as the board mentor to any new Cenla Boardbuilders participant recruited to the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Local employers are encouraged to sponsor their emerging professionals for participation in the program, allowing for a meaningful professional development opportunity for the employee and community development opportunity for the organization.

To learn more about joining the 2020 program either as a participant, nonprofit partner or employer partner, visit or call CDW toll-free at 800-803-8075. Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation.


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