The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board & Staff Roles

Does it feel like clearly defined roles and boundaries are lacking within your organization?  They are important for keeping morale up, which is vital when it comes to accomplishing your mission.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the key roles of Board and Staff in Planning, HR, Resource Development, Governance and Management
  • Understand the guidelines for determining areas of responsibility


When the line between board and staff roles is not clearly defined it can lead to confusion and diverts positive energy from the organization’s mission. The Invisible Yellow Line will clarify the roles of board and staff in key nonprofit management areas such as governance, finance, human resources, fundraising, planning and more. You’ll learn how to incorporate this fun football metaphor into your organization’s management style to open doors of communication between your important leaders. Just like in a football game, both teams have the same goal – serving your mission and purpose.

This fast paced practical seminar will discuss the key roles of Board and Executive Director, share common pitfalls to avoid and end with an interactive "test" of knowledge that can be used to open conversations back at the office.




Board Members and Executive Directors seeking clarity and improved relationships


Jean Block is a dynamic trainer with more than 45 years of experience in nonprofit management. She is a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, FUNdraising, board development and social enterprise.  Jean is the author of “Fast FUNdraising Facts for Fame & Fortune,” "FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money," “The ABCs of Building Better Boards,” and "The Invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles," "The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money!" as well as the Expedition™ and Road Trip™ training manuals on social enterprise.

October 8, 2021 8:00 AM   through   11:00 AM
Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way of Central New Mexico
2340 Alamo SE, 2nd Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States

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Registration $ 25.00

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