Nonprofits today are faced with unprecedented challenges, and yet we continue to approach board leadership using concepts from thirty years ago.
As our organizations enter into new territory, so our boards need to lead differently – yet we continue to put our efforts into getting the structure ‘right’. But there is no magical number of board members or committees, or use of Robert’s Rules of Order or Consent agendas, that will transform our boards into the strategic thinkers or powerful decision makers they need to be. Instead, structure must be seen as only the foundation – and board behavior and dynamics approached in a new way – to lead effectively into the future.
In reaction to the culture shift of turnover and gaps in leadership, many nonprofits -- large and small -- are using consultants as short- and long-term solutions.
We invite you to join us for an interactive session as top thinkers in nonprofit management and philanthropy offer techniques and anecdotes for getting through these tumultuous times. Some of the topics that will be addressed include: determining if outsourcing your leadership on a short- or long-term basis is a good fit; assessing the current state of the outgoing leader's responsibilities and reallocating resources to keep moving towards the fundraising goals and mission objectives; and relationship management of your board and donors during transitions.
This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections.
Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders.
Attendees will depart with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library.
As the CEO of your organization, you are tasked with many things from operations to quality improvement; fundraising is only one of your concerns. But did you know that everything you do affects fundraising? In fact, the most important factor in fundraising success is not the competence of your fundraiser but your own leadership and that of your Board of Trustees. Join Susan Black, CFRE to learn the six key factors for fundraising success that every nonprofit leader needs to know.
- The six key factors for fundraising success that every nonprofit leader needs to know, and discover along the way
- What your development director really really needs from you
- Why you are irreplaceable
- When apologies just aren’t acceptable
Financial literacy is important to all communities, and libraries can be part of the solution.
Through Money Smart Week @ your library, April 5-12, 2014, you can join hundreds of other libraries across the country helping individuals to better manage their personal finances. In 2013 over 500 libraries in 47 states participated.
Money Smart Week @ your library is a partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, through which libraries of all types provide financial literacy programming for all stages of life during. Retirees, school kids, college students--everyone can learn more, to be better with their money.
Learn from veterans and first-timers how Money Smart Week @ your library has been a great success for their libraries, and how it can be in yours. Get valuable programming and promotion ideas, tips on possible partners, and resources that make it easy for you.
Big data…big deal
Information is supposed to make us smarter, but more often than not, it simply overwhelms us.
This program is for you if you feel like you’re drowning in data and unsure which data to use to drive your company initiatives.
The truth is that the amount of data available to help run your business is greater than ever before. To effectively use this information, managers must consider the practical side of big data...what matters to you is how do you grow and build a team to make smarter decisions.
Much of the information out there just discusses the promise of the data deluge. The challenge is not the volume of data but rather the judgment needed to use it. This webcast focuses on the abilities needed to discover, interpret and deliver data analytics across products and segments.
Join the lady who wrote THE book on capital campaign fundraising, Andrea Kihlstedt, and campaign veteran, Gail Perry, to examine the ways campaigns are changing today.
Andrea and Gail are examining the 10 key areas you need to nail in order to have a successful campaign in 2013-14. They’ll offer you the results of their conversations with campaign consultants across the country on what’s happening today:
In this eye-opening webinar, you’ll learn what’s working and what’s not. And you’ll get the latest on campaign strategies for: the feasibility study, gift planning chart, case for support, campaign committee and donor recognition.
Learn how to engage your board in fundraising.
This class helps you think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.
What we will cover:
- The role of your board
- Why board members may be reluctant to fundraise and how to overcome these concerns
- Ways the board can participate in fundraising activities
- Tips for strengthening your fundraising board
The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary issues.
- How to assemble an effective board.
- How to structure and operate a board effectively.
- How to engage trustees and increase mutual satisfaction.
- Specific tools and resources that will increase board effectiveness
- Does your library serve patrons who appear to be homeless?
- Can you tell someone to leave large personal possessions outside the library?
- What rights do library users have and what library policies do courts consider reasonable?
Because courts give greater latitude to library rules that are behavior focused, and a tighter scrutiny to rules based on status or speech, it’s important to know the how to frame your policies, especially when dealing with specific populations such as the homeless.
This one-hour webinar will look at the movement for Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness, and the current legal rights and professional ethics as they apply to public libraries.
It will also discuss specific issues such as oversize parcels, behavior issues, and qualifications for library cards for customers who don’t have a permanent address.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
- Know about the rights that homeless patrons have and rights they are striving for
- Review library ethical statements on service to the poor and the freedom to read
- Understand some legal nuances between rules that target behavior versus rules that are focused on user status