Regional Workshops

CFGV Nonprofits

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.

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
  • Seminar 5: Uncommon Wisdom with Jason Berv
    May 2018
    Hands-on workshop – no handouts or video recap
  • Seminar 6: Effective Leadership with Community Resource Center with Denise Clark of Denise Clark Inc., and Emily Shamsid-Deen, Community Engagement Manager at CRC
    November 2018
  • Seminar 7: Strategic Planning Part I with Illene Roggensack from Third Sector Innovations
    February 2019
  • Seminar 8: Collective Impact with Ona Crow from the OMNI Institute
    April 2019
  • Seminar 9: Strategic Planning Part II with Illene Roggensack from Third Sector Innovations
    November 2019
  • Seminar 10: Succession Planning and Executive Transitions with Denise Clark
    February 12, 2020 – Montrose; February 13, 2020 – Gunnison
  • Seminar 11: Getting Major Gifts & Planned Giving for Small Nonprofits with Klein & Roth
    September 9, 2021 – Zoom


“Just a quick note about the meeting, WOW! It was great!  Even Maggie, our treasurer, said that it gave her a better insight into the NPO world.  We are looking forward to the Board development meeting and I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few board members attend. Thank you again for the work and effort you put into these meetings!”
Jeanette K.

Non Profit Executive Director

“Our family of givers are at home here, and the Foundation is the kitchen table – where we gather to celebrate, where we gather for the meaningful conversations, and where we gather to serve and nourish the community.  We and our legacy are Here For Good.”
Boyd P.

CFGV Board Member

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