Robertson Foundation offers free workshop; grant cycle still open

  • Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:54 a.m.

A free workshop for Rowan County nonprofit leadership will be sponsored by the Robertson Family Foundation on Feb. 20.

One of a continuing series of professional development workshops, the event will be held at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College.

Presented by the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, the workshop is titled “Build Your Board to the New Normal” and will focus on building strong and active boards of directors.

Conducted by center Vice President Trisha Lester, the workshop will illustrate how having the right leadership makes a huge difference in a nonprofit’s ability to carry out its mission, especially now as they face formidable challenges in a very changed environment.

Lester will pose questions such as “How do you build a high performing board of directors — one that welcomes constructive deliberation, focuses on the right issues, engages in fundraising, and supports its executive director/CEO?”

The workshop will be an occasion where participants can share ideas about what qualities and skills are required of boards in the “new normal,” learn from peers how they are redesigning their boards for more effective governance and find resources and tools to help in the redesigning.

The workshop opens with coffee and networking at 8:30 a.m. Lester will begin her presentation at 9 a.m., concluding at noon.

It is open, free of charge, to all executive directors/CEOs, second-in-charge staff and board members in the Rowan County nonprofit community.

To register for the workshop, go online to and use the discount code 2013ROWAN-FREE. Outside the area nonprofits not affiliated with the Center for Nonprofits will be charged a fee.

On another foundation front, grant applications are available for the spring 2013 grant cycle of the Robertson Family Foundation.

Those interested can find printed forms at Rowan Public Library, the foundation office at 141 E. Council St., online at and by email at

Grant applications must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on March 15, which is a bit earlier than in the past.

Notice about comments: is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.