Your board plays a critical role in overseeing your organization's mission, finances and strategic direction. So it's equally critical that these board members are supportive of the changes in tools and practices necessary to help your organization stay relevant and viable in today's rapidly changing world.
Join VolunteerMatch for the March 2014 Nonprofit Insights webinar that will focus on how to cultivate, engage and retain great board members that are "future-friendly." We'll hear from Jenifer Holland, Director of Consulting at BoardSource, about best practices and strategies for finding and engaging the best board members for your organization. We'll also be joined by Shayla Price, Executive Director for the National Search Dog Alliance, who will share her first-hand experience working with boards from the nonprofit side, as well as serving as a board member herself.
The challenge of leadership in global organizations and the deficit of emerging leaders are two of the many factors leading businesses to explore alternative approaches to leadership development. New technologies have opened to door to creative, cost-effective, and engaging ways to train your future leaders regardless of their location.
While each board situation is unique, there are common challenges facing the conduct of effective nonprofit board meetings. These challenges include board size (typically 10, 12 or more), use of time, decision-making, and ability to keep members engaged and committed to the work.
In this session I share a number of tools that can help boards have more effective meetings. These tools help you structure the meeting and do not require special training or facilitation skills. You can use them to improve your very next board meeting.
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
Project Stakeholder Management—Why it can make or break you
Stakeholder Management isn’t telling people what they want to hear.
Or making a status report green, when it’s really yellowish red. Or finding ways to say “yes” when your gut is telling you to say “no.”
But it is perhaps the important element of being a really successful project manager!
Project Stakeholders include anyone with a vested interest in the project—team members, functional managers (managers of team members), your manager, senior managers, third-party partners/vendors, the customer(s) of your project, the user(s) of your project deliverable, as well as people seemly unconnected to your project but who for some reason have an opinion about it.
Join consultant/trainer Catherine Hakala-Ausperk for this 4-part course for library board members. Seats are limited; but, sessions will be recorded. Please register ONLY if you plan to attend the live sessions. Boards and directors are encouraged to schedule a place to view these sessions together.
I. Webinar #1: A PERFECT MATCH – Before beginning a search for Library Director, it’s important to know for whom you are searching! Exercises will help identify characteristics matching library and community needs.
What we hear most from nonprofit fundraising consultants is the need for our clients to improve their boards – to keep them engaged and focused on fundraising.
If you are serious about improving your board in this new year, your leadership must create a strategic approach and be flexible in changing old habits. You should also consider bringing in an outside to assess and make recommendations. In our combined 50 years of working shoulder-to-shoulder with nonprofits as they improve their board structures and processes, we have learned how to build stronger, more engaged boards that better support the nonprofits they serve.
We invite you to join us for an interactive session that uses anecdotes to guide you on how to improve the board structures that create the largest issues including:
- A founder’s board;
- A board reluctant to change; and
- A board recruited without performance expectations or a job description.
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.