January 27, 2021

Practices of High Performing Boards

Description
This workshop is designed for boards that are eager to take their leadership to the next level of performance. It is especially appropriate for boards that understand governance basics and want to accelerate their performance for mission impact.

Learning Objectives:
• Recognize your organization’s lifecycle stage and understand its impact on your organization’s leadership capacity
• Realize the possibilities, the payoff and the path to better governance together with colleagues
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of key governance principles that distinguish exceptional boards
• Identify tools and practices of exceptional governance and learn how to implement them in your boardroom

Sharing Leadership: The Board/Staff Partnership

Description
Certain challenges are inherent as board and staff work together to build strong and productive relationships. Boards work best when they focus on setting policy and strategy, not on administration.
This workshop provides guidance on how to distinguish between shaping policy and hands-on management. It will help executive directors and board members clarify the board’s role and strengthen its capacity to govern.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the roles of the board and the staff, and the factors that influence the relationships between the executive and the board
• Gain insights about how to cultivate an effective board/staff partnership to advance your organization’s mission
• Discuss, clarify and support realistic expectations for your board and staff to creative a more cohesive and effective working partnership
• Have a strong foundation for positive organizational culture by cultivating greater capacity for open and honest communication between the executive and the board of directors

Practices of High Performing Boards

This workshop is designed for boards that are eager to take their leadership to the next level of performance. It is especially appropriate for boards that understand governance basics and want to accelerate their performance for mission impact.

Learning Objectives:
• Recognize your organization’s lifecycle stage and understand its impact on your organization’s leadership capacity
• Realize the possibilities, the payoff and the path to better governance together with colleagues
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of key governance principles that distinguish exceptional boards
• Identify tools and practices of exceptional governance and learn how to implement them in your boardroom

Show Me The Money: Creating a Fundraising Culture

This workshop helps boards understand their special role in fundraising and describes the five fundraising principles every board member should understand in order to raise funds for their organization. Fundraising is not an easy task, but it is a primary responsibility of every board of directors. This workshop will help board members feel more at ease with this daunting duty, and is ideal for board/staff leadership teams that are looking to expand the board’s role in fundraising and understand specific steps and processes for success.

Learning Objectives:
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the roles that board and staff members play in fundraising
• Understand different types of fundraising, with an appreciation for the ways in which each type fits in with the financial model of their nonprofit organization
• Outline how board members can help and support different fundraising strategies

Strategic Board Recruitment

One of the most important responsibilities of a board is to ensure that it continuously adds qualified new members and keeps them engaged. Board building should not just happen when it is time to fill a vacancy. It should be an ongoing process with year-round activities.

Participants will learn what it takes to build an effective board. Understanding these steps can help board members avoid the common ups and downs of building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and enthusiastic board.

Learning Objectives
• Articulate the need for a governance committee in supporting and strengthening overall board performance and recruitment
• Cultivate an appreciation for the role that diversity and inclusion play in strategic board recruitment
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the critical steps in the process of finding, recruiting, and engaging board members
• Understand how to engage potential new board members in a way that sets them up for successful board service and that meets both the organization’s and the board member’s needs and expectations

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