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Nonprofit Academy Board Member Training

The TANGO Nonprofit Academy prepares candidates for board service

Nonprofit organizations need diverse and committed governing board members, but many potential candidates are unsure about serving on a board due to their lack of knowledge of how nonprofits work. The academy uses instruction from the TANGO Nonprofit Method textbook by Jack Horak, ESQ.Thnk of it as a playbook for running a nonprofit organization the right way. It teaches the “business basics” that people serving on nonprofit boards of directors need to know to do their jobs effectively.

More than a Nonprofit Board Member Bootcamp

Students will receive the TANGO Nonprofit Method textbook along with their training which they can use as a reference manual. And with both, you are getting much more knowledge than a 1-hour Bootcamp. 

In addition to the training, the textbook has six additional chapters: Federal Income Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations; The Different Types of Nonprofit Money (Donor Intent, Donations, Restrictions, Endowment, Investment Policies, and Spending Policies); Understanding the role of the External Independent Auditor; Nonprofit Subsidiaries (Affiliates), Consolidated Groups, and Limited Liability Companies; Mergers and Acquisitions of Nonprofit Organizations; Conclusions and Best Practices.

Contact Rollin Schuster or Rob Bloomstone if you would like to discuss the details of an engagement.

Rollin: or 877-708-2646

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Board Member Training Options

Training for Groups

More and more companies and organizations see the benefits of having their employees or community members serve on local nonprofit boards of directors. Students of the Nonprofit Academy learn how an effective board operates, giving them practical c-suite experience and confidence to serve on a board. In addition to being a valuable team-building experience, it also helps organizations be more involved and in tune with their local communities, which can bolster the success of your community and organization.

Training for Individuals

Franklin Pierce University logoTANGO and has partnered with Franklin Pierce University to offer TANGO Academy Board Member Training through their online courses. Indivduals looking to serve on a nonprofit in their community and expand their professional horizons will find this online course beneficial. Whether you have little or no board experience, The TANGO Academy Online Course at FPU is the perfect way to learn how boards work, giving you the confidence you need to be an affective board member on day one of your service.

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

“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

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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