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Great Governance Series

Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days

Great Governance Series Resources

Best Practices.  All nonprofits strive for excellence in every area of their organization – from the programs they design and deliver to the way they handle their finances and run meetings.  Using best practices in each area takes a nonprofit to “excellence.”  Knowing the best practices is the first step.

The Western Slope Nonprofit Council, a loosely formed group of concerned nonprofit representatives in partnership with the Community Resource Center, has come together to offer trainings in our region – saving hundreds of hours of travel and hundreds of dollars in registration fees for our region’s nonprofits’ staff members and Board members

The “Great Governance Training Series” is based on Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado, produced by the Colorado Nonprofit Association.  Every quarter until completed, there will be a workshop based on one of the nine chapters in “Principles and Practices”.  While the workshops will be presented in different locations, the region encompasses Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties.

Each seminar will be presented by an expert in each topic.  Their PowerPoint, a 10 minute YouTube summary and sample resources will be posted on this website following each presentation.  The YouTube will summarize key points of the workshop and is intended to be used as a program at a  Board meeting to prompt internal discussion about the health of the organization.

The series of workshops will be completed prior to the next Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days which will take place in late spring of 2017.

For more information about the seminar series, contact

Access materials, photos, and videos of each event in the series by visiting the Great Governance Series Resource Page, or by clicking the “Resources” button after each seminar description below.

  • Seminar 1: Great Governing Boards with Noelle Hagan
    November 2014
    Resources - includes video recap
  • Seminar 2: Financial Management with Cathryn Saylor Peterson
    January 2015
    Resources - includes video recap
  • Seminar 3:  Strategic Planning with Kelleen Zubick
    April 2015
    Resources - includes video recap
  • Seminar 4: Human Resources with Michaelle Smith
    January 2016
    Resources - includes video recap