Whitefish Community Foundation will host a two-part board development workshop series with nonprofit consultant Ned Cooney Oct. 13 and Nov. 10. The series is part of the foundation’s Nonprofit Development Partnership program and is offered free of charge to participants.

Part one of the series is “Intentional Recruitment and Expectation Setting.” The workshop will focus on the “who and how” of identifying, inviting, screening and on-boarding new board members. Participants will learn about frameworks and tools for planning and expectation-setting, and the importance of a clear policy to guide everyone’s actions in recruiting others.

Part two of the series is “Focused Meetings to Streamline Board Governance.” The workshop will cover best practices for agenda creation, preparation, decision making, delegation and follow-up.

Both workshops are offered online only from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advance registration is required at whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/nonprofit-trainings. Although the workshops are designed to complement each other, it is not necessary to attend both.

Cooney has provided training and consulting for nonprofits organizations since 2005. He is a former member and chair of Montana Nonprofit Association’s (MNA) board of directors and has served as a member of MNA’s Nonprofit Public Policy Council since 2006. He serves as adjunct faculty in nonprofit topics at Flathead Valley Community College, and formerly taught in the Nonprofit Management Certificate program at University of California, Riverside.

Whitefish Community Foundation offers professional development trainings and networking opportunities for nonprofit employees and volunteers as part of the organization’s work to strengthen local nonprofits to excel in governance. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is a sponsor of the Nonprofit Development Partnership program, partnering with Whitefish Community Foundation to bring quality nonprofit training to local nonprofits free of charge.