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The SCNCAC Board Member Boot Camp training curriculum was adapted by the South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers from a curriculum developed by MAP for Nonprofits in St. Paul Minnesota. SCNCAC staff received training on the curriculum which was facilitated by the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. The purpose of this training is to strengthen the capacity of South Carolina’s Children’s Advocacy Centers by promoting excellence in nonprofit board governance.

The success of a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) depends largely on the effectiveness of its leadership. In a nonprofit organization, leadership begins with the Board of Directors. People are motivated to join boards for many reasons, but most who become board members never receive any formal guidance on the roles and responsibilities of boards. Board Boot Camp will help new board members feel more comfortable in their roles and will remind seasoned board members of the importance of their positions in the healthy functioning of the CAC.

CACs that provide training for their board directors are making an important investment in their leadership and that can create many positive outcomes for the CAC and the clients served. We know that continuing training in governance makes board members more productive and sure of the role they play.

CACs are always evolving and this requires buy-in from multidisciplinary team partners and board members. It is critical that the CAC board of directors is receiving the same type of training and development as the CAC staff providing services. A healthy board has adequate training that includes board governance, topics targeting the mission of the organization, and knowledge about the populations served. Board member training needs to be part of every CACs overall organizational strategy.

Participants will receive a workbook as a part of this training that is packed with resources and information for understanding board roles and provides valuable information for post training follow up. There is also a resource page with state and national nonprofit information. From the workbook we learn about the fiduciary responsibilities of the nonprofit board and ways state laws impact those responsibilities. Material in the workbook reminds attendees that as board members they have a duty of care, loyalty, and obedience to the CAC as an organization. Click on the page images to the right to enlarge the sample pages from the workbook.

This training will assist board members in developing an understanding of the nonprofit sector to include what distinguishes nonprofit from for-profit organizations, sources of revenue for nonprofits, and the life stages of a nonprofit organization. The training will discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members to include ensuring healthy governance, leading strategically, ensuring financial stability, being an ambassador, and supervising and supporting the Executive Director.

The training is intended for all Children’s Advocacy Center Board Members and executive level staff. The training is facilitated by SCNCAC staff on site at the requesting CAC or a training location in the CACs community. The training is approximately 4 hours in length. If you wish to request this training at your CAC, use the request training button below.