Saxon Sharpe, President Board of Trustees Humane Society of Moab Valley

The Utah Nonprofits Association (UNA) Organizational Credential Program is a crucial element of support for Humane Society of Moab Valley (HSMV). We are a small non-profit in rural southeastern Utah managed by two paid part-time staff members and numerous volunteers. Our Board of Trustees and Executive Director had no board training since the inception of our organization in 2000 until UNA offered classes in Moab.Humane Society Moab Valley  participated in three courses, Volunteer Management and Leadership and Organizational Culture in 2016,  Board Governance in 2017, and Fundraising and Resource Development in 2018. We intend to obtain all nine UNA Organizational Credential Badges.

This training has made our organization stronger, more efficient, financially stable, and more effective. We ran a deficit budget for three years prior to taking the UNA courses. In 2016 and 2017 we finished in the black! This is a direct result of training from UNA. Additionally, we updated our mission, vision and values statements, adopted policies (we had none before the courses), and instituted selection and training of board members, among other improvements. The course work put us in a position to obtain a platinum rating from Guidestar and accreditation from the Utah Better Business Bureau. We would not have achieved this level of success without these courses.

This program lifts our entire community in several ways. The Moab area, population ~ 6,000, hosts 68 nonprofits. Board members here commonly serve on more than one board and move to other boards when their tenure is up. Therefore, training one board member benefits more than one nonprofit in the long term. Nonprofits taking advantage of the credential classes will outpace nonprofits not taking the classes. This should encourage all to recognize the need and benefit of this training. Through the Organizational Credential Program, our local nonprofits will collectively better serve our community.