The McCarthy Center for Nonprofits

Art Roche is passionate about his role as board chair for Opening Doors, a local nonprofit founded to assist women needing emergency or transitional housing for reasons other than domestic violence. “Nonprofit board members aren’t paid for their work but often the work we do can be more important than what we accomplish in our day jobs,” he says. “It’s work that might not be done without us.”

That sentiment is what led Art and 10 members of the Opening Doors board to attend a Board Boot Camp facilitated by Peggy Johannsen. Based on best practices common to the most dynamic nonprofit boards, the two-hour training covers topics such as board member responsibilities and how to increase board effectiveness.

According to Art, the training was helpful for everyone, regardless of prior experience. “Boards differ so much that experience with one organization does not necessarily translate to another. This training, however, was less about our organization and more about how to work together effectively. Those are concepts that apply everywhere.”

Board Boot Camp is one of several resources offered by the Community Foundation’s Leo A. and Joy K. McCarthy Center for Nonprofits. As a founding member of the CFGD Board of Directors, Leo McCarthy believed the Foundation’s most important work was to ensure the permanence of tri-state nonprofits through capacity building and growing nonprofit endowments. With this goal in mind, the McCarthy Center offers grant-seeking tools, endowment building assistance and other resources to strengthen local nonprofits and communities.


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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.