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.
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.
Cost: $250 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
Upcoming Training:

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Questions? Email Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager at

Sample Agenda (subject to change)

9 a.m. –  Welcome
Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager, Leadership Columbus

9:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Board Governance Overview
Collin Ries, Program & Marketing Manager, Leadership Columbus
– Board Responsibilities
– Legal Duties
– Board vs. Staff Roles
– Board & Executive Director Relationship
– Board Recruitment & Development
– Ethics & Conflicts of Interest
– Crisis Management & Succession Planning
– Governance Modes & Generative Governance
– Purpose-Driven Board Leadership

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Break

12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. Board Financial & Budgetary Responsibilities
Tauna Batiste, MS, CEO, Drew Alexander Consulting
– Fiduciary Responsibility
– Understanding Financial Basics
– Key Financial Indicators
– Control Mechanisms
– Legal Obligations

2:10 – 3:20 p.m. – Fundraising for Board Members

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Board Chair/CEO Teams Panel Discussion | (panelists TBA)

4:45 – 5 p.m. – Closing

Collin Ries
Program & Marketing Manager, Leadership Columbus

Collin Ries serves as the Program & Marketing Manager for Leadership Columbus. He has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University, and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource. He has also worked in various capacities at the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Environmental Council and The Ohio State University, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.



Tauna Batiste, MS
CEO, Drew Alexander Consulting

Tauna Batiste, MS a lifetime Columbus resident, is the founder and CEO of Drew Alexander Consulting, a nonprofit management firm providing services nationally in strategy, leadership, efficiency, and impact. She has over 20 years of professional experience in nonprofit operations, and nearly 30 years as a community volunteer. Tauna’s work now focuses on building organizations and providing thought leadership to them as they grow. One of her core passions is empowering nonprofits to reach their greatest potential and impact. A key factor to that end is building strong teams and systems that support the work.

One of her specialties is supporting leadership in developing keen financial awareness and fund building/management skills. Over her career Tauna has held progressive roles including grant manager, program director, fundraising consultant, and 6 years as an executive director. She has led and developed projects in education, rare disease, and advocacy; and has worked for local, regional, and international organizations including United Way of Central Ohio, the National Hemophilia Foundation, and YMCA.