Good Governance Cohort

Many nonprofits struggle with board governance and, as a result, are unable to realize the full benefit a board can—and should—generate in service of its mission.  Often the challenges are multiple and ongoing, whether it is inspiring and engaging board members where they can add the greatest value, creating policies and procedures to ensure fiduciary responsibility, accountability and the board’s self-perpetuation, or  building an effective partnership with the Executive Director.

The Mankato Area Foundation will offer the Good Governance Cohort twice in 2023, with cohorts beginning in January and again in July. 

Meet Our Consultant

Kim has 25 years of fundraising experience within the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota philanthropic communities. Over her career, Kim has worked in development operations of all sizes and at various stages of maturity. Learn More

About The Program

The Good Governance Cohort is designed to offer Board Leaders and Executive Directors both a safe space to talk candidly and the tools they need to build the Board culture, practices, and relationships necessary for success. The Cohort will include a board representative and the Executive Director - from each of up to six participating organizations - who will work together through an interactive curriculum.

Applications are now being accepted for the July Cohort.

This opportunity is only available to organizations located in Blue Earth or Nicollet Counties OR primarily serving Blue Earth or Nicollet Counties.

Eligible organizations must have a commitment from both its Executive Director and a Board Officer to attend and participate fully in all sessions.
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For more information contact:
Sarah Beiswanger

Telling Our Story

Giving Outside the Box

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the Mankato area, local nonprofits felt its effects immediately.  Programs shut down, government funding was shifted or cut, and the uncertainty forced many nonprofits to question their future and how best to serve their constituents.

“It was an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the area, and nonprofits were hit hard,” Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) President and CEO Nancy Zallek said.  “As a community foundation, we knew it was our role to help support our partners through the unknown.” Read More