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. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. (Re)defining And Shaping Board Culture
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    (Re)defining And Shaping Board Culture
    Nonprofit leader and service delivery expert Erika R. Burnett will share strategies to evaluate your board’s culture. You will learn how to assess and manage this often delicate dynamic.

    What You'll Learn

    • What informs and impacts board culture?
    • What are the implications for other stakeholders?
    • How can you assess and refine culture at the board level?
    • What are the most effective techniques to shape board culture?
    • How should you evaluate the risks and set the tone as you work through differences with other leaders?
  10. How To Revitalize Your Board In 2021: 4-Part Governance Series
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    How To Revitalize Your Board In 2021: 4-Part Governance Series
    Nonprofit experts Cindi Phallen and Pat Libby will share innovative strategies you can use to update your board practices, motivate your team, and ensure appropriate oversight. You will learn how to direct your board to reach out, raise donations, champion programs, and lobby for favorable laws.

    Sessions Include

    • Engaging Boards In A Virtual World And Beyond
    • Rethinking Board Structure: Committees and Leadership for Effective Governance
    • Board Best Practices: Oversight Amid The Pandemic
    • How To Engage In Lobbying: Create Laws That Transform Lives
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    How To Revitalize Your Board In 2021: 4-Part Governance Series
    Cindi Phallen and Pat Libby
    $295.00
  11. Board Best Practices: Oversight Amid The Pandemic
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    Board Best Practices: Oversight Amid The Pandemic
    Nationally recognized board development expert Cindi Phallen will reveal the key practices that will enable your board to shepherd your organization’s business. You will learn concrete tactics to optimize communication with board members during and after the pandemic, building confidence in their governance role.

    What You'll Learn

    • What does board oversight matter?
    • What are the key components of effective oversight?
    • What essential policies must you have in place?
    • How can you stay focused on priorities and evaluate progress?
    • How should you effectively communicate with the board?
    • What should an assessment of oversight practices entail?
  12. Rethinking Board Structure: Committees and Leadership for Effective Governance
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    Rethinking Board Structure: Committees and Leadership for Effective Governance
    Nationally recognized board development expert Cindi Phallen will help you create a committee structure and leadership roles for optimal efficiency.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are the benefits of a strong committee structure?
    • What leadership roles do you need?
    • How can your strategic plan inform committee work?
    • What does an effective committee charter entail?
    • Why is your board development committee the most important?
    • Are executive committees overrated?
    • What role should staff members play with committees?

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