Applications being accepted for Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Fall Board Institute

Deadline is Sunday, Aug. 20

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Gulf Coast) is accepting applications for its Fall Gulf Coast Board Institute (GCBI), which will be held in October, the organization has announced.

“The online application, overview, and statement of commitment for the program are available at, a news release notes.

“This high-demand program is delivered through Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible consultants to active nonprofit board members in the Gulf Coast region,” the release explains. The deadline to apply for this governance training series is Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:59 p.m.

“The Gulf Coast Board Institute is the perfect opportunity for any regional nonprofit board member looking to build and further develop their skills,” said Betsy Steiner, director of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Invest In Incredible program, in the release. “Twenty-four individuals will be selected to participate in four interactive training sessions over a four-week period. This high-level board governance training can transform your experience and contributions as a board member. I encourage all who are interested to apply,” Steiner added in the release.

The group will participate in training experiences on the four consecutive Fridays, from Oct. 6 to Oct. 27, at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Venice Headquarters. That is located at 601 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice, the release says.

Among the topics will be “fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities, and how to create a diverse, highly functioning, and engaged board,” the release adds. The training will be led by certified consultants who are part of Gulf Coast’s Invest In Incredible nonprofit capacity-building initiative.

“Participants will be selected through a competitive process with the intent of creating a group of individuals with a variety of experiences,” the release explains. “Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to serve as advocates for good board governance in current and future nonprofit board roles,” the release notes.

The goal is to include applicants who are current, active board members at nonprofits in the region, the release points out, “although prospective board members will also be considered. Regardless of prior board experience, all participants should possess a personal commitment to use what they learn through GCBI to strengthen the governance capacity of a nonprofit organization in the Gulf Coast region,” the release adds.

“Because of strong demand for this high-quality training opportunity,” the release continues, applicants also must sign a commitment that they will attend all four days of training if selected.”

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