Training details

access_time 1 hours, 30 minutes

attach_money Free


Engaging in board service is an invaluable opportunity to have substantial community impact and can be one of the most rewarding experiences volunteers can have. Non-governing boards, such as junior boards, young professional boards, or advisory councils, are creative tools for nonprofits to build pipelines for diversity and cultivate the next generation of talented leaders. Join us to learn how these types of boards can help you reach emerging leaders and add to your nonprofit’s overall diversity by fostering the support of new donors. During this webinar, you will gain the necessary insights and tools to build your own sustainable and diverse non-governing board.



  • Plan to create a non-governing board at your organization
  • Define the purpose of a non-governing board for your organization
  • Apply insights on how to build a pipeline for recruiting diverse members
  • Identify the added value of institutionalizing a non-governing board

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience

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05:08 What is a non-governing board?

07:00 Why should a nonprofit consider establishing a non-governing board?

10:15 What are the challenges and opportunities to design, facilitate, and manage such a group?

14:33 How do I engage members once they are on the non-governing board?

23:42 How do you use a non-governing board as an opportunity to find new talent and promote diversity and inclusion practices?

34:51 What does success look like for a non-governing board?


40:06 Does a non-governing board include committees?

40:52 What do you estimate the staff commitment is to manage a junior board effectively? How many members are manageable?

47:17 How does a nonprofit begin to measure diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership?

49:29 What criteria do you use when evaluating potential non-governing board members?

54:01 Is there often a budget set aside for board members' professional growth?

54:50 What are your thoughts on the age of non-governing board members? What should the board be named?

57:42 Can stipends be offered to non-governing board members under age 18?

59:56 Can a junior board be managed by a member of the governing board?

1:02:20 How can I help ensure members of a non-governing board don't feel that they are participating in a less prestigious board?

1:08:01 What does a sample tracking document look like?

1:09:30 What are some of the best things that you have seen a junior board do?

1:13:50 When deciding on non-governing member contribution requests, is a contribution measured as a percentage of their salary appropriate?

1:17:34 What incentives are effective for recruiting non-governing board members?


Annie Mohan Junior Board Chair Food Bank For New York City
Heidi Kim Assistant Director of Pro Bono Programs New York Lawyers for the Public Interest