Nonprofit Leadership Series: Board Basics Workshop


Build a Better Foundation for Your Organization with Board Basics Workshop

Huron Pines, Otsego County Community Foundation and Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan offer training workshop for nonprofit board members


Gaylord, MI—A strong board is the foundation of a strong organization. That’s why Huron Pines has been bringing the Board Basics workshop to Northern Michigan for the past four years. This year Huron Pines will offer two Board Basics workshops, one in Gaylord on April 18 and one in Alpena on April 19. These trainings include a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of board members and provide a strong understanding of board governance and the skills to lead an organization to success.


“We started the Nonprofit Leaders Series, in partnership with the Otsego County Community Foundation, to build a strong network of nonprofits and community groups in the region. With the additional support of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan in 2018, we are able to offer workshops to more people than ever before,” said Abigail Ertel, Community Program Lead with Huron Pines. “The expanded reach is an exciting development for Huron Pines because we see a strong connection between vibrant communities and smart, nimble and prepared organizations. Helping to facilitate these collaborative learning opportunities is a way for us, as a conservation organization, to offer support and build partnerships with local organizations so that we can take a more inclusive approach to protecting our natural places and provide meaningful benefit to the people and communities where we serve.”


Alex Cerveniak, President of the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, has been sending new board members to the Board Basics workshop every year since its inception. “This isn’t just a program for new board members,” Cerveniak said. “Board members and officers who have been on our board for many years, or who have been on other nonprofit boards in the past, have all come back with a clearer sense of what their roles are and how to be effective. The Huron Pines Board Basics workshop is a fantastic program, and as far as we’re concerned, it is a must for any nonprofit board members or officers.”


Board Basics will be offered on April 18 from 1pm to 4pm, at Gaylord University Center and

April 19 from 10am to 1pm at Alpena Community College.


Tickets are $20 and anyone interested in attending can RSVP by phone (989) 448-2293 ext. 21.


Huron Pines is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity provider with a mission to conserve the forests, lakes and streams of Northeast Michigan. Huron Pines believes that through active leadership and coordination of conservation projects, we make the region a better place to live, work and enjoy.