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[Online Learning] Governance Gateway: Board Member Training

  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Learning Management System + In-person Wrap Up Session at The Nonprofit Partnership (609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502)


  • Special registration for NPP partners. Please contact if you are unsure if you qualify for this registration type.
  • Unsure if your organization is a member with The Nonprofit Partnership? Please check the Member Directory at to verify!


Please join The Nonprofit Partnership and an array of guest presenters for Governance Gateway: Board Member Training!

This online training opportunity is brought to you by our friends at Maher Duessel – learn more about them here.

Governance Gateway has been revamped with your busy schedule in mind. Access our various course segments through our online learning management system (LMS) at a time that best suits you! Within the LMS, you will be able to access custom videos (4+ hours worth of content!), readings, supplemental materials, downloads, quizzes, and more.

But don’t fret – we won’t leave you hanging in the virtual world all by your lonesome! Please plan to join us In Real Life for a wrap-up session on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM at The Nonprofit Partnership – we will take this time to review major points from the course and answer any lingering questions you may have. There may even be lunch (which is our favorite part)!

A little more about the content of the training:

Governance Gateway will offer new and established Board members with the opportunity to learn about foundational best practices in nonprofit governance. The training will provide attendees with an understanding of the sector, the basic tenets of governance, and their individual roles and responsibilities as nonprofit leaders. Governance Gateway is a powerful resource for any Board member wishing to enhance their understanding of their duty to their organization, the sector, and the community. This training is great for Executive Directors, too!

Session segments include:

  • Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
  • Basics of Governance
  • Individual Board Member Roles & Responsibilities
  • Setting Strategic Direction
  • Ensuring Necessary Resources
  • Providing Oversight
  • The Board-CEO Partnership
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion + the Board
  • Elements of a High-Functioning Board

Educational content brought to you by:

  • Adam C. Bratton, Executive Director with The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Susan Loucks, Principal with Susan Loucks Consulting
  • Jenny Weigold Geertson, Vice President, Client & Community Relations, Northwestern PA Market, PNC Financial Services, Inc. and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Debra Thompson, Founder and President with Strategy Solutions, Inc.
  • Tom Tupitza, President with Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C. and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Diane Edelstein, CPA, Senior Partnership with Maher Duessel
  • Matthew Zinna, CPA, Partner with McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP
  • Thomas P. Richter, Jr., (T.J.), Principal, Vice-President and Treasurer with Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency
  • Mike Batchelor, Out-going President with The Erie Community Foundation
  • Emma Kieran, Principal with Pilot Peak Consulting
  • Marcus Atkinson, Principal with M. Atkinson & Association and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Chanel Cook, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Board Member with The Nonprofit Partnership
  • Mike Robb, Executive Director with the Alliance for Nonprofit Resources
  • Tim Hunter, President & CEO with McInnes Rolled Rings
  • Robert T. Lipps, Attorney & CPA, Co-Founder and Principal Advisor with The Global Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Pricing and logistics:

  • Member pricing: $90 per registrant
  • Non-member pricing: $125 per registrant

Registrants will be granted access to the online learning management system when their registration is finalized and their payment is received. Payment can be made online (an invoice will be automatically generated through the registration process) or by check. Please email if you intend to send a check – the mail can be slow and we don’t want you waiting on course access!

Registration will close a week in advance of the live meeting to allow everyone time to consume the content. All registrants are strongly encouraged to join us for the live meeting – maximize your learning! Please direct any questions to

The Nonprofit Partnership - The Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Transformational Philanthropy, 609 Walnut St., Erie, PA 16502

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