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Nonprofit Board Governance: The Basics a Board Needs to be Effective

  • NMC University Center Room 212 2200 Dendrinos Drive Traverse City, MI, 49684 United States (map)

NOTE: This is a 2-part series taking place from 12:00 - 1:30 PM on May 7 & May 14.

Are you a new board member at one of our area nonprofits, or are you part of a board that is confused about their roles and responsibilities? Are you an Executive Director that has recently inherited a new board of directors that you would like to align around your organization’s goals? Would you like to update your board orientation to ensure new board members are confident about both their fiduciary duties and how to be an ambassador of the organization’s mission?

This two-part series for board members and Executive Directors explores these questions and provides you with tools to keep your board excited about their role in your organization. Learn how to engage your board by identifying the life cycle of the nonprofit. Motivate your board to achieve the goals of your organization’s strategic plan.

On the first day, we will view a video on why passion is not enough for a governance board to be effective. Then we will discuss the phases of an organization’s growth to help you explore your agency’s current phase in its life cycle. To close out the day, participants will begin learning about the basic roles and responsibilities of board members.

On the second day, participants will learn about more complex roles and responsibilities of board members. We will also explore and share common pitfalls and best practices. Finally, the workshop will end with an activity about the best questions to ask your board members to motivate them and reignite their engagement.

After attending this series, participants will understand:

  • Common pitfalls of an ineffective board

  • Best practices of an effective board

  • How to share this knowledge in a way that will cultivate a healthy relationship between the board and the Executive Director

Please feel free to bring your lunch for this interactive series of Break for Lunch workshops!

About the Instructor:

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW has worked for over eighteen years in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as the Senior Advisor to the CEO/President of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV). At FCADV she worked closely with Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence programs to ensure optimal service provision based on the diverse needs of each local community. She also supported each centers’ Chief Executive Officers and Board of Directors with training, technical assistance, and capacity building on issues such as governance; board recruitment; mission-driven program and policy development; and, grant acquisition and management. Julie Ann recently founded Blackbird Nonprofit Consulting where she is focusing on her passion of working with boards to help them understand their governance role and build engagement. Julie Ann holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership from Notre Dame University and a Master's in Social Work from Florida State University.