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What Does the Board Really Do? Board Roles and Responsibilities

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 2-3 p.m.


As volunteer leaders, board members play an important role in the success of the organization. Boards have significant legal and ethical responsibilities to their constituents, staff, and communities. Strong, knowledgeable boards help the organizations gain credibility, provide important access to the community, and serve as effective advocates.

This workshop will introduce board members to the fundamentals of effective governance by defining the basic roles and responsibilities of the board and examining strategies for building effective board structures. Participants will cover topics such as:

  • Organizational life cycles
  • Board roles
  • Legal obligations of board members
  • Duties of care, obedience, and loyalty
  • Characteristics of effective boards
  • Implementation of goals
  • Board responsibility for its own performance
  • Board structure
  • Individual board member responsibilities
  • Building a constructive partnership with the chief executive


Board Committees

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 2-3 p.m.


Committees are often seen as an essential element of a good governance structure and yet so often, despite best intentions, they fail to be effective. Since the average nonprofit board meets face-to-face an estimated 19 hours per year, it has never been more important for our committees to be productive. What must we do differently in order to create higher functioning committees that really help to advance the board's work? What is a committee's role versus the role of the full board or the role of staff? What authority does a board committee have? Is it better to have fewer or more committees? How often should they meet? Where do task forces fit in? And, who are committees accountable to and how is that enforced? Best practices about committee structures and effectiveness have changed in recent years – join us to learn more about how to optimize board committees to help move your organization forward.


Stand for Your Mission

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1-2 p.m.


The Stand for Your Mission campaign—an initiative of BoardSource, together with the Alliance for Justice, the Campion Foundation, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Council of Nonprofits—calls on all nonprofit decision-makers to stand for the organizations they believe in by actively representing their missions and values, and creating public will for important policy changes. Strong board leadership requires more than just checks and balance. It requires us to create the circumstances that will allow our missions to be achieved and progress to be made. This webinar we will explore steps you can take to engage the board and integrate advocacy into your strategies for mission impact.


Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 1-2 p.m.


According to BoardSource's 2017 Leading with Intent Report (LWI), a biennial study of nonprofit board governance practices, boards are no more diverse than they were two decades ago. Further, current recruitment priorities indicate this is unlikely to change, despite boards reporting high levels of dissatisfaction with current board demographics.

This webinar will share data from LWI and spark a conversation on what it will take to change the current trajectory, including why we all need to care and what you can do to become part of the solution.


Succession Planning

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, 1-2 p.m.


One of the fundamental duties of the board is to ensure that the organization is run effectively. The board is responsible for finding and retaining the person best suited to manage the organization. This is not an isolated task; it is an essential part of succession planning and a proactive process to keep the management constantly aligned with the strategic framework of the organization. This webinar is designed to encourage a greater appetite for engagement around the succession planning process, and:

  • Cultivate greater understanding of - and appreciation for - succession planning as a key responsibility of the board,
  • Define Succession Planning and why it's essential to maintaining strong leadership,
  • Common myths about executive leader transitions,
  • Why every organization needs a formal, written chief executive succession plan,
  • Review critical considerations about succession planning.

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