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.