Friday, December 6, 2019
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Hudson Valley Center
19 Baker Avenue, Suite 400,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Governance and Board Development

This event is only open to those who have registered for the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

An organization’s Board of Directors is held responsible and made accountable for the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission, garner and properly manage its assets, and ensuring that the organization has the plan for and the resources to sustain its work. Although the Board may delegate to and work in partnership with the executive leadership of the organization, oftentimes, staff at all levels, including managers and directors, are unsure of the value of an effective Board of Directors and the critical role the board has in the organization’s success.

This course will address the major role, responsibilities, and functions of effective nonprofit Board of Directors  and how Board and staff work together to make certain that the organization is effective in fulfilling its mission and has a viable, sustained future.

Learning Objectives

Participants will increase their knowledge of:

The legal requirements of boards;  governing responsibilities; board structure and decision-making processes; accountability at board and staff levels; community leadership (external relations and advocacy); and fundraising responsibilities.


  • The legal and ethical framework of governance.
  • Board and Officers’  roles and responsibilities.
  • The Staff – Board partnership.
  • The “Board Development Cycle”: Strategically building and maintaining an effective board in which every board member is appropriately engaged.
  • Enhancing board operations and refining our structure.
  • Beyond the boardroom: Board self-assessments and board retreats.
  • Identifying and handling common board and governance challenges and issues.

About the Speaker

Michael Davidson is a consultant specializing in board development with over 30 years’ experience in nonprofit board and managerial leadership.

He has worked with the Boards of Directors of more than 50 nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan area in strategic planning, board development, retreat facilitation, planning, recruitment, fundraising, transition management and Executive Director evaluation. He was the lead consultant for the United Way BoardServe NY board training program and was formerly the Chair of Governance Matters.

He is also a member of the faculty of the Milano School of Nonprofit Management of New School University and of the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University. Davidson has also been a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, an Assistant District Attorney and an attorney in private practice. He holds a BS in mathematics from New York State University College on Long Island, a JD from Columbia Law School and an MPh from Yale University.

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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Diane Wunderlich
Program Coordinator
Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Adelphi University
School of Social Work, Room 240
p – 516.877.4415
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Continuing Education and Professional Development
School of Social Work, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
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