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United Midcoast Charities offers 'Board Boot Camp'

A Learn with UMC event Oct. 17
Sep 13, 2019
Mary Aselton Budd will help board members understand their essential roles and responsibilities and learn how to build a thriving organization during a UMC "boot camp" Oct. 17.

Belfast — United Midcoast Charities' Learn with UMC offering for October will be a Board Boot Camp for Beginners, held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. This free event is offered in partnership with Maine Association of Nonprofits.

The workshop will provide participants a working understanding of the legal, fiduciary and governance obligations of nonprofit boards of directors. They will gain clarity regarding the “must do” and “should do” tasks that every board faces and acquire strategies for engaging current and potential new board members in sharing the workload.

Participants will leave with an action plan for increasing the effectiveness of their board and a greater understanding of nonprofit board governance in an increasingly complex environment.

This session is for anyone new to nonprofit governance, those who wonder whether their board is covering all its bases, or if your organization has grown beyond its grassroots origins but the board has not.

This program is intended for new board members with little to no experience serving on boards, as well as more experienced board members who want a refresher. Executive directors are welcome to attend with other board members, and it is strongly suggested that teams of two or three from the same organization attend together for maximum benefit. Each organization can register a maximum of three attendees.

Presenter Mary Aselton Budd joined Starboard Leadership Consulting after seven years at the helm of Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor. As board president and then executive director, she developed and implemented an ambitious strategic plan that resulted in financial stabilization, programmatic expansion, audience development, and many capital improvements.

Budd also was co-producer of "Black Rock," a feature film shot in Downeast Maine and sold at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Workshop attendance is free of charge, but preregistration is required and space is limited to 35 participants. Register at or call UMC at 236-2299 for more information.

The Learn With UMC series is been funded by Barney and Edward Lane and through business sponsorships. Board Boot Camp is sponsored in part by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. UMC’s year-long media sponsor is Courier Publications.

United Midcoast Charities, founded in 1942, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to energize Midcoast Maine nonprofit agencies through finance and guidance, supporting a network of resources stronger than any single organization.

Its areas of focus are food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. In 2018 UMC awarded grants totaling $500,000 to more than 40 agencies as part of its competitive community-led grants program. More information is available at


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