The High Functioning Board

Board Development 2013
A Series Exclusively for Board Members

This year’s board training is designed in response to member feedback.  Rather than one long session that conflicts with work responsibilities, we are offering a 4-part, evening series, each 2 hours in length.  Refreshments will be provided.

This series of four sessions will be dynamic, reaching beyond theory and into implementation using interactive group learning.  In order to maximize improved effectiveness for your board  it is STRONGLY encouraged that organizations bring a minimum of two board members.  Exceptions will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The more members that attend, the more impact the series will have for your organization.

Session #1 – March 4th, 2013   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Roles and Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board
Presenter Norm Westmore will not only provide information on the responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit board, but much, much more. You and your colleagues will work through what roles prove challenging for your organization and how to improve board members’ level of involvement with regard to board responsibilities.

Session #2 – March 18th, 2013   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Building a Fundraising Board
One important role of all board members is fundraising, although it is often viewed as the most challenging responsibility a director has.  Many feel at a loss or out of touch with how they can be involved in this all-important responsibility.  Join Gail Johnson Vaughan and put the “fun” back in fundraising by learning how to tap into the emotional excitement your board members have about the organization’s mission.  Learn how to let that enthusiasm become motivation which can then be turned into powerhouse fundraising efforts.

Session #3 – April 8th, 2013   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Assessment and Evaluation of the Board and Executive Director
Learn first hand why evaluation and assessment are paramount to the growth and sustainability of a successful organization.  Attendees will hear directly from an executive director and current board member what tools can be used for board self and organizational assessment as well as evaluation of the executive director. Most importantly you will learn how to integrate these into your organization and start the process immediately. Sample evaluation tools will be provided.

Session #4 – May 6th, 2013   5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Closing Session with “Having the Difficult Conversation”

The final session in this series will take a short time to use interactive learning through role-playing of situations wherein board members may be required to have difficult conversations with others inside the organization.  Practice knowing the “right thing to say” and be prepared for those always-demanding moments.  We will also connect with attendees on their utilization of of previously learned skills as well as feedback on the progress of implementation and any additional assistance needed to bring that learning to fruition.

Dates: Mondays – March 4th, 18th, April 8th, May 6th, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.