Board Training Series: Models of Governance

August 4, 2021 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Minnesota Nonprofits

Common Good VT is pleased to partner with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to make the following training available to Vermont nonprofits at a discounted rate (Code NCN):

Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers

Great boards don’t happen by accident. It takes vision, planning, training, structure, tools, technology, passion, and dedication to create a high-impact board. In this session, the presenter will lead nonprofit board members through an educational training on effective models of nonprofit governance. This workshop is great for current and future board members, along with nonprofit staff who work with boards.

Topics include:

  • Define “Governance” what it means to be on a nonprofit board
  • Develop a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member
  • Learn the characteristics of a high-impact board
  • Understand various types of board: working board, managing board, policy board, ratifying board, and a failing board

Event Details

This workshop is one session of a four-part board training series. The other sessions are Legal Duties on July 7, Nonprofit Finance on July 21, and Inclusion and Diversity on August 28 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. central each day. Use the registration button at the top of this page to register only for the Models of Governance workshop. Use the following link to register for the full series for $115 for members and $165 for nonmembers: Register for the full series.

Special discount for this series: This workshop series is great for groups of board members and executive staff to attend together. Register more and save! As a special offer for this series only, buy three series registrations at the regular price and receive a fourth series registration for free. Instructions for group registrations are available on our Event and Registration FAQ page.

Please note that this special discounted rate is only for registrations to the full four-part series and does not apply to registration to individual workshops in the series.

MCN strives to support the learning and growth of the next generation of nonprofit leaders through relevant skill- and vision-building programs that center equity and justice and address historical barriers to participating and leading in the nonprofit sector. In this context, we are offering a limited number of sponsored, free registrations to individuals who have never or are not currently serving on a board of directors. BIPOC and historically underrepresented individuals are encouraged to submit a request. Free registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Please email Dr. Bradley Wolfe at to submit your request to attend the series for free.

This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.

Speaker Information

JSawyer HeadshotJennifer Rajala Sawyer is a business entrepreneur, Partner and Founder of BoardBOS and Rebound Partners. Rebound Partners is an Investment Management and Services company for real estate, hospitality hotels & restaurants, manufacturing and banking. BoardBOS is a board governance consulting and technology company offering board operating tools, educational training and technology systems. Jennifer is dedicated to powering up boards by engaging, educating and empowering board members and executive leadership teams.

Jennifer specializes in three key areas: board governance, strategic planning and leadership development for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses. She has been trained as a certified executive business coach, a certified Mastermind facilitator, and an expert in the EOS Traction Strategic Planning system.  

Jennifer is currently a Board Member of Merchants Financial Bank in Winona, MN, serving on board Governance and Personnel Committees. She is also a board member and governance chair of Northfield Shares Community Foundation. She is a founding board member of Northfield Area YMCA, Past Board Chair of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including St. Olaf Alumni Board, Junior League of Minneapolis,  Northfield Arts Guild, WINGS,  5th Bridge, and Bethel Lutheran Church.