Webinar published Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 05:15PM UTC edited Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 05:18PM UTC
How You Can Engage New Board Members: Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization Edit Title
Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT Edit Date
Finding, cultivating and orienting board members is no small task. Strong boards understand that a focus on new members requires a clear understanding and commitment to the notion of governance—not management (the role of staff) as well as stewardship, dedication and consistency. Unfortunately, there is often a space between what nonprofits know they should do and the reality of what occurs. Remember the ultimate goal: to establish a high-functioning board that provides a wealth of resources through stability, income, credibility and labor.
The process of creating the culture of the board is the province of a standing committee on governance and leadership development. Its charge is to establish the basic responsibilities of nonprofit board members which include:
• determining the organization’s mission and purposes;
• selecting the executive;
• supporting the executive and reviewing his/her performance;
• ensuring effective organizational planning;
• monitoring and strengthening programs and services;
• providing adequate financial resources and stewarding the relationships of those who fund the organization;
• protecting assets and providing financial oversight;
• building a competent board—particularly by replacing themselves;
• ensuring legal and ethical integrity; and
• enhancing the organization’s public image.
Organizations with compelling missions represented by weak leaders face an uphill battle. However, the converse is true as well: you can achieve whatever you can conceive if the leaders are passionate. The bottom line is that people are ultimately more important than the mission: donors and funders are considerably more likely to invest their charitable dollars when they believe in and are inspired by an institution’s leadership.
This webinar is designed to help you achieve maximum success—whether you are a new start-up organization or about to celebrate your centennial. It will help you consider the current state of your board, highlight gaps and areas for improvement as well as find paths to ensure you create a successful and cohesive working group.
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wcheers reviewed Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 12:56PM UTC
Rachel Roth reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 07:48PM UTC
Great workshop. Very to the point with lots of concrete advice.
Michelle Fitch reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 07:06PM UTC
As I now have an open position in my board. This course helped me greatly in determining what to look for, how to better arrange my board and also setting up the optimal board for my organization
Jim Fong reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 03:44PM UTC
Very nice summary for building and running a non-profit Board. The context may be skewed a bit to larger organizations (25+ Board members) with significant paid staff, although the messages are broadly applicable.
Cottonwood Commons reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 03:30PM UTC
Great webinar. Confirmed my understanding of what board activity ideally looks like.
Dave Hughes reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 02:53PM UTC
Great information to ensure a good board.
Maura P. Curry reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:56PM UTC
Super informative - really helped to bridge an inadequate board situation over to a well-functioning board, and keep that new board running well.
emilie daniel reviewed Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:15PM UTC
As an Executive Director, listening to this webinar, I wish I could get my board members together to listen to it--very concise and informative.
Skip Chaples reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 09:42PM UTC
informative presentation; flowed well. Slant seemed to be more toward keeping a functioning board healthy than turning an inadequate board into a good one.
Wendy Rose reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 09:18PM UTC
Great review of the topic with important key items included.
Thomas Rau reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 08:53PM UTC
Great, practical course.
Tesse Akpeki reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 08:50PM UTC
Judy Lindsey reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 08:41PM UTC
Wonderful presentation even for professionals with considerable experience working with not-for-profit boards. Content was clear and well organized. The experience of the speaker was quite evident and much appreciated.
Ryan MacIntyre reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 08:25PM UTC
I thought this was one of the best presentations I have ever attended. Excellent stuff!
Morgan Teel reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:47PM UTC
This was my first nonprofit webinar I have listened to. I was very impressed! I really liked that I could post questions and be a part of the survey. I feel like it customized the experience for those that were listening. I also loved that it was free. I have seen opportunity to take part in webinars for the arts but they are about $15. The time was perfect as well. I listened over my lunch break. I would definitely participate again!
Frank Meyer reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:42PM UTC
Even though one of your questions showed that most attendees had small boards and probably minimal staff, most of the remarks seemed aimed on larger operations.
Brian reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:40PM UTC
The webinar was excellent
Karl Mielke reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:38PM UTC
Nice overall review-with commentary-of essential board functions.
Mitzi Pickard reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:30PM UTC
Clear, concise and excellent presentation by David Mersky. Gained a lot of info. & insight about engaging new board members to strengthen one's organization.
Kendra reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:27PM UTC
Brian Burns reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:22PM UTC
Engaging speaker - good voice and pace.
Good information - useful and at a rate that was easy to follow.
Annie Miller reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:11PM UTC
Very good. Even though it was geared towards much larger instituions, the information can be easily adapted.
Mallory Buth reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 07:11PM UTC
Great webinar, lots of good tips! Some I never even thought about.
David Keeley reviewed Wed, Sep 09, 2015 at 06:09PM UTC
Well spoken and knowledgeable. Good job, great refresher!