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United Midcoast Charities Offers Board Boot Camp

Posted September 19, 2019

United Midcoast Charities is pleased to announce the October offering in its free educational series, Learn with UMC: Board Boot Camp for Beginners, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. on October 17. This event is offered in partnership with Maine Association of Nonprofits.

Do you ever worry about whether the board you’re on is covering all of its bases – or whether there’s some outstanding risk or liability that you’ve overlooked? This workshop will provide participants with a working understanding of the legal, fiduciary and governance obligations of nonprofit boards of directors. Attendees will gain clarity regarding the “must do” and “should do” tasks that every board faces and acquire strategies for engaging current and potential new board members in sharing the workload. Everyone will leave with an action plan for increasing the effectiveness of their board and heightened confidence regarding nonprofit board governance in an increasingly complex environment.

This session is for anyone new to nonprofit governance, those who wonder whether their board is covering all its bases, or if your organization has grown beyond its grassroots origins but the board has not.

This program is intended for current board members, including new board members with little to no experience serving on boards as well as more experienced board members who want a refresher. Executive directors are welcome to attend with other board members, and it is strongly suggested that teams of 2-3 from the same organization attend together for maximum benefit. Each organization can register a maximum of 3 attendees.


Presenter Mary Aselton Budd joined Starboard Leadership Consulting after seven years at the helm of Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor. As board president and then executive director, she developed and implemented an ambitious strategic plan that resulted in financial stabilization, programmatic expansion, audience development, and many capital improvements. Mary first forayed behind the scenes in the performing arts as co-producer of Black Rock, a feature film shot in Downeast Maine and sold at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Attendance at this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required and space is limited to 35 participants. Register at unitedmidcoastcharities.org/events or call UMC at 236-2299 for more information. The Learn With UMC series has been generously funded by Barney and Edward Lane and through business sponsorships. Board Boot Camp is sponsored in part by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. UMC’s year-long media sponsor is Courier Publications.

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization. Its areas of focus are food, housing, health & safety, and economic security. In 2018 UMC awarded grants totaling $500,000 to more than 40 agencies as part of their competitive community-led Grants Program. More information is available at www.unitedmidcoastcharities.org.