Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative

Nonprofit Academy Board Member Training for Individuals

Franklin Pierce University logoTANGO has partnered with Franklin Pierce University to offer our Nonprofit Academy online. We created this self-paced course for individuals seeking training that prepares them for board service.

Nonprofit organizations are always searching for competent board members, but many potential candidates are unsure about board service due to their lack of knowledge of how nonprofits work.

The online academy at FPU uses video-based instruction, derived from the TANGO Nonprofit Method, to teach the “business basics” that people serving on nonprofit boards of directors need to know to do their jobs effectively.

More than a Board Member Bootcamp

Students will receive a digital copy of the TANGO Nonprofit Method and lifetime access to the online training course to rewatch whenever they like.

This webinar course includes many real-life examples and a knowledge check that provides a digital certification badge on successful completion.

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Course Content Overview

  • Chapter 1:
    The Nonprofit Sector in Context
  • Chapter 2:
    What is a nonprofit – An Introduction to Legal Entities and Nonprofit Corporations
  • Chapter 3:
    The Formation of Nonstock Corporations: State Nonstock Corporation Acts and the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws
  • Chapter 4:
    Nonstock Corporations with Members and Nonstock Corporations without Members
  • Chapter 5:
    The Board of Directors: In Context and as the Top of the Chain of Command
  • Chapter 6:
    The Board of Directors – Structural Options
  • Chapter 7:
    The Board of Directors. Board meetings Procedural and Process Requirements
  • Chapter 8:
    The Substantive duties of Care and Loyalty

What People Are Saying

“There are a lot of publications purporting to tell you how to run your nonprofit, but The TANGO Nonprofit Method is the best resource we’ve seen. If you want to really know all the legal and operational steps to take to make your nonprofit successful, this book should be in your library.”

John Griswold

Senior Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities

“The TANGO Nonprofit Method is a beautiful balancing act.  Comprehensive and accessible.  Educational and practical. Whether you are a seasoned professional advisor or just starting your first term as a nonprofit director, this work will quickly become your “go to” resource, a guide that will cultivate a deep and rewarding understanding of the nonprofit sector.”

Edward B. Spinella

Chair of Murtha Cullina, LLP's Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice

“This book is an invaluable resource for officers, directors and senior leaders of nonprofit organizations of all sizes and types. Written in plain English, the book educates the reader about the business of nonprofits — the legal structures, the financial structures and governance — and provides examples and case studies that put the material in context. A must-read for anyone new serving on a nonprofit board”.

Gayle C. Wintjen

General Counsel, Oak Hill

The TANGO Nonprofit Method

Author Jack Horak, Esq. used his 36 years of combined legal experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to author The TANGO Nonprofit Method. The book accompanied by interactive presentations is a nonprofit instructional guide that will enhance your organization’s mission and structure. It will guide nonprofits through best practices for your boards of directors, management teams, employees, clients and overall company mission!

“The TANGO Nonprofit Method is a necessary resource for all existing or newly formed nonprofit organizations. An essential tool for both staff and board members that is easy to read and reference. I would recommend to all nonprofit executive directors to further enhance their board education efforts as it can be easily sectioned and included as a regular meeting agenda item.”

Susan D. Sadecki, MBA

President & CEO, Main St. Community Foundation



Jack Horak, Esq.

John M. Horak, Esq. (Jack) worked with TANGO after his 36-year legal career at the Hartford office of the law firm Reid and Riege, P.C. Jack was a member of the firm’s Business Law Practice, where he created the firm’s Nonprofit Organization Practice Group. Jack was the principal author of the Reid and Riege Nonprofit Organization Report, a quarterly publication distributed throughout the United States.

The content in this manual is an articulation of the practical knowledge gained from 36 years of legal representation of, and board service to, nonprofit organizations; and, perhaps more importantly, is infused with the belief that the American nonprofit sector is as vitally important to our lives as it is sometimes, and unfortunately, underappreciated.


Membership is complimentary to all Nonprofit organizations thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners.

With over 1,600 nonprofit organizations throughout New England, TANGO has become a powerful community helping nonprofit organizations reach their mission.

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