Fundamentals of Nonprofit Board Governance


  • August 4, 2021
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Board members will participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and more knowledge about your role after attending this workshop (formerly Board Boot Camp). You will learn typical board responsibilities and explore the nuances of board authority and relationships. Participants take home Propel’s Nonprofit Board Governance workbook, which includes the Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations. While this training is open to all, it is designed for those new to serving on a board or those who are contemplating joining a board.

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August 4, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


  • 75.00


About the Presenters

Sara Wessling, Propel Nonprofits' Training Manager headshot.

Sara Wessling

I have a passion for nonprofits and enjoy developing training to help organizations grow and thrive. My nonprofit career started at a young age as a volunteer in my rural Iowa home town. Since then I have worked as a program manager for a national child care association, a state support organization for Habitat for Humanity, and an association of leaders of volunteers. Over the past 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations across the state of Minnesota delivering training, technical assistance and consulting support in areas ranging from volunteer engagement to program evaluation. Most recently I managed Minnesota’s Service Enterprise Initiative certifying more than 40 Minnesota organizations in three years. I have a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my young son and husband, trying new restaurants, reading, and exploring Minnesota’s natural wonders and roadside attractions.

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Abby Frank Taylor

love creative, intentionally designed systems and processes because I believe they can be the foundation of artful and community driven work. This is largely influenced by my artistic background in dance and theater, but also my experience working in arts nonprofits – specifically in the areas of development, event planning, volunteer management, board support, and programming. I have previously worked at The Loft Literary Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Northrop. I have also provided administrative support for and performed with multiple Twin Cities dance companies and artists. I am thrilled to bring my enthusiasm for creative problem solving, passion for intentional communication, and deep belief in the power of nonprofit work to Propel’s training team. I have a B.A. in Dance and a B.I.S. with focuses in Political Science, Communications, and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. When not at Propel, I am likely perfecting my sourdough bagel recipe, reading some Mary Oliver or Ross Gay, and hanging out with my partner, Matt, and our sweet cat, June.

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Registration Policy

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Your space is guaranteed upon receipt of the registration fee. Online payment is made using the registration link associated with your selected training. Registration fees may also be paid by check. Make checks payable to Propel Nonprofits. Checks must be received prior to event to complete registration and guarantee space.

Registrations canceled prior to the start of a training receive a full refund or credit transferable for you or another person to attend a future scheduled workshop. No refunds or credits will be granted for no-shows. To cancel or adjust reservations prior to the event contact Abby Frank Taylor at 612.249.6758 or