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Trainings for Nonprofit Staff, Board and Volunteers

Nonprofit Training - The $80 Billion Gamble 

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.


The Harkin Institute, 2800 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Fee: $10

This session is intended for staff members, executive directors, and board members.


Session Facilitator: Terry Rich



What would you do if you found a major fraud under your watch as a nonprofit leader?  Join us on Thursday, March 30, to hear Terry Rich, a 25-year CEO, share about his experience as the Iowa Lottery President & CEO during one of the biggest lottery frauds in U. S. history. His reflections and lessons learned will help you consider strategies and leadership approaches that can be applied to ultimately implement your mission and preserve your organization’s reputation should trouble arise. 

Although only 9% of nonprofits are victims of fraud, the median loss of $75,000 a year could be a costly distraction to the necessary work of your organization. In addition, many instances of fraud go unreported due to reputational risks, negative assumptions, and more. Participants will walk away with:

• Facts about who finds internal fraud in smaller organizations
• The importance of proper compliance and internal fraud procedures
• The importance of establishing a “crisis” plan with assigned duties in the event of internal fraud
• Why you should appreciate and say “thanks” to those who provide oversight to your organization.

As a global author and keynote speaker, Terry will bring great insight and recommendations for nonprofit leaders in his hometown. 


Questions? Contact Barb Hobson at 515-447-4206



On Board: The Basics of Being an Effective Board Member

Tuesday, April 18, 2023  | 8:00 - 10:00  a.m. 

C3 Center - Maddies Place Training Room | 1910 Ingersoll in Des Moines

 Fee: $10

Audience: Newly elected board members, volunteers interested in board service, seasoned board members seeking to re-familiarize themselves with the role and responsibilities, executive directors and nonprofit leadership staff

Session Facilitator: Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, Chief Community Impact Officer and Ellie Burns, Director of Nonprofit Relations at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Serving as a board member is an incredible opportunity to lead within the nonprofit sector and put your passion for a charitable cause into practice. Along with an affinity for the mission, effective board members must possess a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities to keep your organization on track. 

This interactive  session is designed to introduce participants to the roles of nonprofits and their boards and empower you to map out a meaningful plan for your terms. Through video, storytelling and hands-on workbook exercises, we will explore the dimensions of commitment, governance and fiduciary duties. Alongside fellow leaders, develop a learning plan that will enhance your experience and build on your abilities as an ambassador for your organization.

Upon completion of this session, you will have a clear understanding of what you do and should bring to the nonprofit boardroom and how to best use your skills to advance the mission of the organization you care about most.

If you have any questions, please email Barb Hobson at


Professional Advisors - Deepening Relationships with Multi-Generational Clients Through Philanthropy 

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. with reception and a tour of the C3 Center to follow

Maddie's Place Training Room at the C3 Center, 1910 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines

This session will introduce and reinforce the value of philanthropy as a relationship-builder to more robust client conversations across generations. Attendees will engage with tools that can help clients find their philanthropic identity, gain knowledge on how to introduce the topic of philanthropy in client meetings and hear how the Community Foundation can partner for the benefit of your clients. 

Session Facilitator: Joanne Cohen, 21/64

Questions? Contact Barb Hobson at 515-447-4206 or

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