Renowned board governance expert coming to the Northwest Corner

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHWEST CT -- Chuck Loring CFRE, MBA, considered one of the nation’s top authorities on board governance and board fundraising will hold a two-session seminar, “How to Make a Good Board Great,” Thursday, September 10, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, at the Nancy Marine Studio at the Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street, Torrington. Sessions will include “Best Practices in Board Roles, Board Structure” and “Recruitment and Effective Board Fundraising.” The event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut.

Mr. Loring is a senior governance consultant for BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards) in Washington DC and is also the senior partner of the firm of Loring, Sternberg & Associates, which provides fundraising and governance consulting services to nonprofits across the country. Throughout his career, Mr. Loring has helped hundreds of local, regional, and national nonprofits improve their governance, including such prominent national charities as The Special Olympics, The American Lung Association, Second Harvest Food Banks, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Easter Seals.

Mr. Loring strongly recommends that Board chairpersons and Board members attend both sessions. Admission to the event is $45 per person. A buffet lunch is included and will be served on-site between sessions one and two.

During the morning session, “Best Practices in Board Roles, Board Structure and Recruitment”, board board/staff teams will self-evaluate their board against the standards considered best practices for nonprofit boards. Among the topics to be discussed will be:

  • Trends impacting the nonprofit sector
  • The stages of board development
  • The difference between board work and individual board member work
  • Legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the board
  • What sabotages nonprofit board effectiveness
  • Board size
  • Board composition
  • Board structure - committees and task forces
  • Meeting effectiveness and attendance
  • Board recruitment, orientation, evaluation, and education

During the afternoon session, “Effective Board Fundraising, beginning at 1:00 p.m., participants will learn:

  • Current trends in philanthropic fundraising
  • Why your Board must have a culture of fundraising
  • Why having the right board is critical for effective fundraising
  • Why mission is critical in fundraising success
  • That donor cultivation and stewardship trumps solicitation
  • How Board members can be great fundraisers and never ask for money
  • Why the Fundraising Committee does not fundraise
  • Why Board members must make leadership gifts
  • Why legacy giving is the future of philanthropy
  • How Board members can help in planned giving

For more information, and to register, visit and click the Events tab.

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in Northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to more than $80 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $3.5 million.



Christina Tranquillo
Program and Communications Associate
Community Foundation of Northwest CT