The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

July 11, 2016

Free Board Development Workshops Announced

Is your museum or historical society facing challenges recruiting new board members?  Are you worried about attracting future board leaders?  Cultural organizations throughout the region struggle with connecting and explaining to the community what it means to be a board member and why someone should volunteer to do so.  Often organizations are undermining their own efforts in attracting people to board service.  This session will explore the personal, professional and community value of being a board member, and how your museum can leverage and market these areas to bring success to your board.  Board members and directors are encouraged to attend this discussion.

The Museum Association of New York is pleased to announce a partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits to present five regional Board Development Workshops. These workshops are made possible by the New York State Education Department and the Office of Cultural Education. Please direct questions to Anna O'Meara at

To register in your area, choose from the following options:

Long Island, Lower Hudson, New York Metro July 14th, 2016, 9:00 am-noon Long Island Children's Museum, Garden City, NY

  • Panelists include Beth Levinthal, Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum; Suzanne LeBlanc, President of the Long Island Children's ; Museum and Alexandra Parsons Wolfe, Executive Director of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities

Central New York August 8th, 2016, 9:00am-noon at that Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY

Capital Region & Hudson Valley August 25th, 2016, 9:30-12:30 at the Huxley Theater, New York State Museum, Albany, NY 

Western New York   September 14th, 2016, 9:00am-12:00p at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY

Southern Tier & Finger Lakes October 3rd, 2016, 9:00am-noon at the Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira NY


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