Curriculum

About Our Trainings

The REALIZE Board Training Program is a partnership program between The Paso del Norte Health Foundation and United Way of El Paso County. Its goal is to strengthen nonprofit board members' governance capacity by offering training across El Paso and Southern New Mexico. 

As a result, there will be more qualified board members prepared to undertake their critical governance responsibilities and to promote the success of nonprofit organizations that serve the Paso del Norte Region. There are four courses, each containing 2 modules. Each module is about one hour long.

Overview

Course 1: Roles and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit and its Members

  • Module 1: Roles and Responsibilities of Individual Board Members

    • This lesson in Course One will help increase your understanding of the duties, roles, responsibilities and characteristics of individual board members. ​

  • Module 2: Roles and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board

    • This lesson in Course One will help increase your understanding in major roles of a nonprofit board, particularly in setting philosophical, strategic, and tactical direction for the nonprofit organization they serve. ​

                

Course 2: Structuring a High-Performance Board

  • Module 1: Building a Board Cycle and Structure 

    • This lesson in Course Two will help increase your understanding of the board cycle and the role that each individual board member has within their own board, groups and committees.

  • Module 2: Board Chair and Executive Director Partnership

    • This lesson in Course Two will help increase your understanding of the important and vital partnership between the Board Chair and the Executive Director, as well as how to build an effective board meeting agenda​

Course 3: Nonprofit Fundraising

  • Module 1: Fundraising Fundamentals

    • This lesson in Course Three will help increase your understanding in the fundamentals of nonprofit fundraising and the different stages and elements involved.  ​

  • Module 2: The Board + Staff = The Fundraising Team

    • This lesson in Course Three will help increase your knowledge in the board and organizational staff's respective roles in fundraising and how they work together, especially when cultivating donors. 

Course 4: Fiscal Oversight and Accountability

  • Module 1: Financial Statements 

    • This lesson in Course Four will help increase understanding when reviewing the financial statements such as income and expense statements, balance sheets, and cash analysis.  

  • Module 2: IRS Form 990 

    • This lesson in Course Four will help increase understanding when reviewing the IRS Form 990, avoiding financial risks, understanding the audit, the financial dashboard. 

  • Module 3:Fiscal Policies and Procedures

    • ​​This final lesson in Course Four will help increase understanding of policies and procedures regarding conflict of interests, gift acceptance, expense reimbursement, whistleblower protection, and other important policies.