Board Training Session 1: Board Roles & Responsibilities


September 13 (6-8pm), Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsfield




(3-part series includes one in-person workshop on September 13 and two Zoom webinars on September 28 & October 25, 6:00-8:00pm)

This series of three workshops is designed to prepare talented community members for board service. Suitable new and current board members, Executive Directors of new and young nonprofits, and soon-to-be board members.  Participants will…


  • Get educated on the nonprofit landscape, the benefits of board service, the role of the board, and specific responsibilities
  • Gain practical and actionable knowledge of fundraising, finance & governance, expectations, and skills
  • Discuss board meetings, trends, and best practices in board service
  • Engage in hands-on exercises such as building a board bio and attending a mock board meeting
  • Grow confidence in your ability to serve and make a difference

Attendees will receive a binder full of handy, curated reference documents to refer to time and again.


In this first session, we’ll look at the Berkshire nonprofit landscape and the need for board members, the benefits of board service, and board roles and responsibilities.  What exactly is expected of board members and how can they best support the organization, the mission, and the staff of a nonprofit?  How are board members recruited and what information do they need to make good decisions? What makes an excellent board member?  Take a self-assessment quiz, watch a short video, and gain confidence to take on this leadership position.  


Note: Free one-on-one coaching is available by the hour on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please email Liana@npcberkshires.org to reserve your session(s).


Liana Toscanini founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in 2016 after 20 years of volunteering in the Berkshires.  She learned the art of fundraising and grant writing on the job, helping to restore the historic Sandisfield Arts Center building.  Her corporate marketing background proved useful in her various board roles, assisting nonprofits with PR, marketing, and fundraising, and in her job as Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts (CATA) where she worked for nine years.  


For the past three years, NPC has focused on volunteerism including board training.  Liana developed a board training curriculum for OLLI in 2019 and has since shared variations of this training with nonprofit boards, leadership groups, and more recently, in a video series “Intro to Board Service,” designed to encourage people to say “Yes” to joining a board.  


She is the recipient of Berkshire Magazine’s “Berkshire 25” Award (2018), a 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award (2018), and an Unsung Heroine Award (2006) from the MA Commission on the Status of Women.