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Nonprofit Board Governance Training

Leadership Columbus strives to provide our alumni, individuals, nonprofits and companies with the essential education and training needed to support, develop and hone board governance skills that are critical to the success of nonprofits in our region. By ensuring individuals have the tools and insights they need to be effective and impactful board members, both the individual and the organization they serve benefit. Whether you are looking to get involved in a nonprofit board or are already serving on a board and want to enhance your expertise, this training will help you get the most out of nonprofit board service.
Formatted into a two-part, virtual training, the session combines information on board governance standards and best practices with first-hand experiences from experts actively serving in the field to create a unique and enriching educational opportunity. The registration fee is $500 per person.
Attendees will learn about:
  • Roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards and board members
  • Board governance models, modes and techniques for generative governance
  • Financial literacy and fiduciary responsibilities of board members
  • Ethics and conflicts of interest
  • Fundraising and more
Attendees will receive:
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Board Governance Resource Guide
Future training dates to be announced.


Agenda, Day 1

9 a.m. –  Welcome and Introduction of Trainer | Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager, Leadership Columbus
9 – 11:30 a.m. – Board Governance Overview | Dani A. Robbins, Strategist | Principal | Founder, Non Profit Evolution

– Duties under the Law
– Code of Regulations (often called By-laws)
– Officer Roles
– Executive Director’s Role
– Board Development
– Committees
– Board Governance Models
– Basic Rules of Roberts Rules of Order
– Meeting Structure
– Conflicts of Interests
– Governance Modes
– Generative Governance Techniques

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Closing and Next Steps | Collin Ries

Agenda, Day 2

9 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction of Trainers | Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager, Leadership Columbus
9 – 10 a.m. – Board Governance Financial Literacy | David Mustine, Managing Director, CDM Partners, Limited
10 – 10:15 a.m. – Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – Fundraising for Board Members | Dani A. Robbins, Strategist | Principal | Founder, Non Profit Evolution
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Board Chair/CEO Teams Panel Discussion | Moderated by Collin Ries (panelists TBA)
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. – Closing | Collin Ries

Dani A. Robbins, Strategist | Principal | Founder, Non Profit Evolution

Dani Robbins is the director of Nonprofit Administration programs at John Carroll University. After serving in the nonprofit arena for over 25 years, primarily in executive leadership positions for social justice agencies, she has ascended to what she considers her dream job and the continuation of her life’s work: advancing social justice.

Her education includes a M.A. in Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a B.A. from Kent State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program, offered in conjunction with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Robbins founded and still leads Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, board governance, and organizational development in small to mid-size nonprofit organizations. She has served as the chief executive of two domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, as well as two Boys & Girls Clubs. She introduced the Women’s Coalition – the prelude to the Women’s Center – at Case Western Reserve University.

Dani is also a speaker and trainer, and a former instructor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and former fundraising coach for Network for Good. Robbins is the author of a blog on issues relating to nonprofit organizations, and the co-author, with Maureen Metcalf, of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Nonprofit Executives.

David Mustine, Managing Director, CDM Partners, Limited

David is managing director of CDM Partners, Limited which provides coaching and advisory services to senior leaders.  Professional services provided includes review and guidance on: business and strategic plans, performance, professional development, continuous improvement, meeting management, facilitation, strategic initiatives, project support, board governance and stakeholder collaboration.

In September 2011 David joined JobsOhio, the privatized statewide economic development organization created by Governor Kasich and the Ohio Legislature.  At JobsOhio David served as a senior advisor and previously as senior managing director, energy, chemicals and polymers. In 2011 David served on Governor Kasich’s cabinet as director of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to 2011, David was a director of a private oil and gas services business based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Mr. Mustine also has extensive experience providing consulting services to business owners, corporations and non-profits creating value for them in the areas of executive coaching, board governance, strategic and business planning, public policy, facilitation, business development and performance management.  Prior to consulting, David served as senior vice president, business planning and services of American Electric Power’s regulated business unit.  Mustine joined American Electric Power in 1986 serving in a number of capacities including senior vice president of AEP’s unregulated businesses, general manager and executive assistant to AEP’s chief financial officer, and Ohio governmental affairs manager.  Before joining AEP, David was an investment manager for the Energy Division of Bechtel Investments, Inc. in Houston and assistant to the president of Petro Consultants Management Corporation in Chicago.

David was founding member of Near East Initiatives, Inc. supporting non-profit projects in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. He served on a number of non-profit boards including: VisionSynergy, Lake Erie Commission, Enduring Impact Foundation, Team Northeast Ohio, Center for New Directions and Capitol Square Renovation Foundation. He is currently Vice Chairman of the board of Strategic Resources Group, Inc.

David received a bachelors of science degree in business administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, a masters in business administration degree majoring in corporate finance from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and a masters of arts degree majoring in international ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary.  In 2009 he completed Harvard Business School’s executive program: Making Corporate Boards More Effective.