Board Governance

Good nonprofit governance provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight. Members of the Board of Directors bear the responsibility of ensuring your organization remains viable, sustainable, serves the community, and works to execute its mission. Our training sessions, led by the top experts and consultants in the field, share relevant best practices in board management and development, as well as guidance to avoid common governance pitfalls.  

Board Governance

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  1. How to Engage Board Members
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    How to Engage Board Members

    Leadership expert Wendy Sellers will help you dive into new strategies to engage your nonprofit board members. You will learn how to motivate them to achieve amazing organizational results.

    What You'll Learn

    • What do you need to learn about each board member?
    • How can their unique skillsets and community networks help you?
    • Why is preparation an essential tool for board member engagement?
    • How can committees help you complete strategic projects?
    • What steps should you take when onboarding board members?
    • What are the signs of disengagement?
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    How to Engage Board Members
    Wendy Sellers
    From $149.00
  2. How To Teach Your Board Members To Work With Legislators
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    How To Teach Your Board Members To Work With Legislators

    Nonprofit leadership expert Cathy Allen will explore how to establish your priorities, develop materials, and prepare your case for effective meetings on Capitol Hill, in your state capitol, or in the town council chambers.

    What You'll Learn

    • What is the role of board members in advocacy?
    • What materials should you prepare in advance?
    • How should you practice your presentation?
    • How can you set meetings with local, state, and national elected officials?
    • What should you wear? What should you bring?
    • How can you follow up after a meeting to drive action?
  3. Major Gifts Officer Certification
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    Major Gifts Officer Certification

    Nationally recognized nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will share the major gifts officer essentials you need. You will learn how to research, cultivate, convert, and retain major donors to fund your world-changing mission.

    What You'll Learn

    • Understanding mindsets about money
    • Developing your philosophy about leading the way in generosity
    • Definition and role of a case for support 
    • Outline and document template for an ask discussion
    • How to personalize interactions with prospects to key dates, traits, and affinities
    • Identifying individuals who will help you generate your first prospects
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    Major Gifts Officer Certification
    Derik Timmerman
    $499.00
  4. Simple Ways To Save Your Struggling Board For Fundraising Season
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    Simple Ways To Save Your Struggling Board For Fundraising Season

    Nonprofit impact expert Derik Timmerman will give his refreshingly honest take on how/why boards go bad. You will learn real-world strategies to help your board stop struggling.

    What You'll Learn

    • What does research reveal about how nonprofit boards deteriorate?
    • Why is board dysfunction a rampant problem across the nonprofit sector?
    • Why do boards underperform?
    • What board development tactics are most nonprofits overlooking?
    • How should you handle various types of toxic board members?
    • How can you overcome resistance to improvement initiatives?
    • What secrets can you apply to make your board a long-term fundraising factory?
  5. Board Self-Assessment Tools And Practices
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    Board Self-Assessment Tools And Practices

    Nonprofit board consultant Cathy Allen will share the specific steps your board can follow to conduct a self-assessment. You will learn how to use the results to improve your board’s effectiveness and your entire organization.

    What You'll Learn

    • How does board self-assessment benefit the organization?
    • What should you consider in choosing a self-assessment tool?
    • What self-assessment process options do you have?
    • How should the board use the self-assessment results?
  6. How to Get More Results Out of Your Board Member Recruitment
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    How to Get More Results Out of Your Board Member Recruitment

    Nonprofit fundraising expert Sabrina Walker Hernandez will reveal how to identify, recruit, and onboard board members that will drive your nonprofit to the next level of success. You will learn how to differentiate the people who will have the most sizable impact.

    What You'll Learn

    • What attributes do the best nonprofit board members have?
    • What are the most effective techniques for recruiting board members?
    • Where should you look for board members?
    • How can you cultivate potential board members?
    • How should you get a new board member started?
  7. Basic Governance For New Board Directors Certification
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    Basic Governance For New Board Directors Certification

    Nonprofit governance expert Rob Meiksins will provide concrete steps that new board directors can take immediately. Your board and entire organization will benefit from more collaborative relationships and impactful results.

    Sessions Include:

    • Board Governance 101
    • How Boards Work
    • Board and Staff: Who Does What And How To Support
  8. Leading The Board And The Organization
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    Leading The Board And The Organization

    Board development expert Linda Lysakowski will provide step-by-step guidance for leading your organization’s board to achieve more organizational goals.

    What You'll Learn

    • Board structure – committees, diversity of skills, and other attributes
    • Culture-building
    • Setting a good leadership example, developing future leaders
    • Succession planning and recruiting
    • Build peer relationships and team building
    • Ongoing board engagement
    • Motivating the board to achieve fundraising goals
    • Advocating for the organization and advancing the mission
  9. Board Leaders Partnering And Collaborating With Staff
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    Board Leaders Partnering And Collaborating With Staff

    Board development expert Linda Lysakowski will provide step-by-step guidance for improving collaboration between your organization’s board and staff.

    What You'll Learn

    • Roles and responsibilities, and how to make sure the board knows them
    • Working with the ED/CEO (management, oversight, and what's overstepping/understepping)
    • How board officers work together with the staff
    • Good collaboration and bad collaboration
    • Necessary policies and procedures
    • Responsibilities for acquiring resources, fundraising, and outreach
  10. Assessing And Optimizing Board Performance
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    Assessing And Optimizing Board Performance

    Board development expert Linda Lysakowski will provide step-by-step guidance for evaluating your board’s collective and individual success. You will learn what changes to make to improve results.

    What You'll Learn

    • Ongoing assessment and performance of board and officers
    • Strategy, goals, measurement – continuous improvement and advancing the mission
    • How to evaluate progress and look ahead: plans and reporting
    • Training and board development
    • What good communication looks like
    • Managing change
  11. Selecting The Ideal People For Board Leadership Roles
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    Selecting The Ideal People For Board Leadership Roles

    Board development expert Linda Lysakowski will provide step-by-step guidance for appointment and training officers.

    What You'll Learn

    • Leadership overview (positions, job descriptions, norms)
    • How nominations and transitions work
    • Skills considerations
    • Community representation
    • Preparing for leadership
    • Mutual expectations
    • Meetings and decision-making
    • Orienting new members and leadership
  12. Governance Is The New Nominations: The Role And Function Of A Modern Governance Committee
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    Governance Is The New Nominations: The Role And Function Of A Modern Governance Committee

    Nonprofit board consultant Cathy Allen will provide step-by-step guidance to develop a Governance Committee in your organization. You will learn how to use this tool to create an engaged board.

    What You'll Learn

    • How do Nominations and Governance mindsets differ?
    • How can your board make the transition?
    • What language about governance should your bylaws and policies include?
    • What are the annual responsibilities of a Governance Committee?
    • Who should lead the Governance Committee?
    • How can a strong Governance Committee help the executive director and staff?

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