Board Governance Series

The Central Valley Community Foundation is proud to offer the nationally-acclaimed BoardSource curriculum presented by Don Simmons. Participants will examine strategies for creating a collaborative board culture that delivers higher levels of organizational productivity & satisfaction.


All five sessions are included with each price.
BOOK NOW: Early Bird Special until Monday, April 10:


Organizations are highly encouraged to participate in all five sessions. After the first session, the organization can choose which individuals should attend each of the remaining four sessions.

The Governance Series addresses all of the fundamental elements of service common to most boards, including board member responsibilities, how to structure the board in the most efficient manner, and how to accomplish governance work in the spirit and mission of the organization.

Session 1: Board Basics

Fresno: June 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.
Tulare: June 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

Includes a review of the 10 core areas of board responsibility and offers guidance for how to build and structure the board (size, committee, term limits) and enhance leadership roles and the partnership between the chair and the chief executive.

Session 2: Legal

Fresno: June 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tulare: June 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Elaborates on the legal responsibilities, liabilities, and oversight a board should provide to protect an organization.

Session 3: Financial

Fresno: June 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tulare: June 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Explains the fiduciary responsibilities in the areas of financial oversight and risk-management

Session 4: Fundraising

Fresno: July 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tulare: July 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Helps board members understand why they should be actively engaged in ensuring adequate resources for the organization – and how to get involved in fundraising. CVCF Staff will be available afterward for a review of and usage training of the Foundation Center databases available at the Center for Research.

Session 5: Strategic Planning

Fresno: July 18, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Tulare: July 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Shows how to define and communicate the organization’s mission and link strategic planning and evaluation to achieve organizational success.

Meet the Facilitators

Fresno: Don Simmons

Don Simmons, PhD. is a distinguished Lecturer in the Humanics Program at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Simmons’ areas of special interest are diverse, including social inequality, social psychology, social institutions, social change, sociological theory, and research methods. Additionally, he holds a B.S. and M.A. in education, did post-graduate studies at Texas A&M University (Commerce), University of San Francisco and participated in the nonprofit certificate program at Yale University. 

He lives in a restored home in downtown Fresno. Dr. Simmons also serves as a Board member for The Whitney Foundation, MADventure, U.S.A., Arte Americas, and the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Fresno.

Tulare: Joan Manasian

Joan Hensleit-Minasian is a second-generation native of Fresno and an active community volunteer. Her excellent communication skills and positive “can-do” attitude are contagious and have resulted in strong established relationships in the community. Joan possesses the ability to cast vision and to motivate and direct people to perform to the best of their abilities to harmoniously accomplish established goals. Her passion is for developing leaders in the nonprofit sector and has come to be known as the number one source for board development in the Central Valley.

Joan’s extensive nonprofit experience includes eleven years with Fresno Pacific University as both their Director of Annual Giving and Director of Community Development and ten years with the American Cancer Society starting in the Fresno County Unit, Central Valley Region, and culminating with the position of Vice President, Annual Campaign of the California Division.

Joan has served as president of AFP, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Leadership Fresno Steering Committee, and the Fresno County Committee on School District Organization. She has been honored as the AFP, CA Valley Region, Outstanding Fundraising Professional, the Leadership Fresno Alumnus of the Year and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

She is a graduate of Fresno State with a Standard Secondary Teaching Credential in Art, English and Social Science. In addition, she holds her Masters Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies through Fresno Pacific University. Her thesis was on “The Leadership Roll of Nonprofit Boards”. In addition, Joan is a Certified BoardSource Trainer and is the owner of JAM Consulting (Tagline: Finding the Sweet Spot in Your Organization) where she brings her passion, experience and expertise in working with community groups and non-profit organizations on board development, governance and leadership.

Joan is described as “…a good communicator, very organized, a team player, having good leadership skills, outcome driven, and business focused. Enthusiastic and motivational, she is a great leader!”

CBOs w/ budgets under $100,000

  1. Individual rate: $100
  2. Group rate: $150

CBOs w/ budgets over $100,000

  1. Inidivdual rate: $150
  2. Group rate: $200


Brought to you by our generous sponsors


Contact Kelvin F. Alfaro
Register online by 5pm on April 26

About BoardSource

BoardSource is a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership. The BoardSource curriculum was created to teach and inspire exceptional board-staff partnerships and to help Community Benefit Organizations provide strategic leadership in their communities.