Board Development Workshop - April 2003

Board Workshop 1
Photo: Betsy McKean
On April 4, 2003, the NPA board of directors held an organizational workshop to define the goals and mission of the NPA, explore ways of growing its organizational maturity, and clarify the central objectives of the Dutch Reformed Church restoration effort.

One outcome of the workshop was a mission statement:
The Newburgh Preservation Association rebuilds, preserves, and
promotes the architectural heritage of Newburgh, New York.

Other outcomes included the definition of standing committees and task forces, and a resolution to expand community involvement by seeking larger representation on the board of directors.
Board Workshop 2
Photo: Betsy McKean
The workshop was led by Esther Hall, the training consultant for the "Better Boards" program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has led board-development workshop at the last four National Preservation Conferences and for numerous nonprofit preservation organizations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, Virgin Island, and Tennessee. She is the author of Investing in Volunteers: A Guide to Effective Volunteer Management, published by the National Trust.

The NPA's April workshop was made possible by a matching grant from the Preservation Services Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In a competitive application process, the Northeast Regional Office selected the Newburgh Preservation Association among several other recipients from across New England, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Our thanks also go to the Newburgh Historical Society for allowing us to hold the workshop at its headquarters at historic Crawford House.

This workshop was funded in part by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's John E. Streb Preservation Services Fund for New York.