Are you the Perfect Board Member? What You Need to Know, In Order to Lead and Govern– NIU Civic Leadership Academy & Giving DuPage

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Giving DuPage is proud to announce our partnership with the Civic Leadership Academy at Northern Illinois University. Giving DuPage member partners will be invited to an accredited and nationally-recognized certificate program and have access to discounted course rates as a benefit of being a Giving DuPage partner. Courses will be centered on professional development, organizational efficiency, and informed leadership. View HERE the full list of courses.


Are the right people driving your bus?
Board development is an ongoing process that ensures the Board has the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to effectively meet the governance, functional, and expert needs of the organization. Board development is an investment in money, time and talent. The right mix of people with a passion for the purpose can advance the organization to greater success.
Don’t have the Board members you need to serve the organization and can’t keep the great ones you have recruited? Building a strong and reliable nonprofit Board of Directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective Board of Directors and a social club with minimal leadership. There are new strategies and vehicles for recruiting Board members and concrete steps your organization can take to set up the Board, and your nonprofit, for success. This workshop is designed for both nonprofits recruiting Board members and individuals looking to join Boards.
The workshop will address common Board governance, voting and procedural issues, as well as an exploration of those issues generally encountered by Boards in operating under the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act, using practical examples and decisions issued by the Illinois Public Access Counselor in the Office of the Attorney General.


  • Gain an understanding of the requirements for awarding construction and professional services contracts for public improvement projects
  • Understand the basic requirements of competitive bidding
  • Understand the request for proposal process
  • Learn the statutory requirements associated with public construction projects

For more information and to register, visit: NIU Civic Leadership Academy

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