Do your organization's Board Members and Executive Director understand their defined roles and responsibilities? Does your organization's Board allow time for critical conversations? Once a collective decision is made, does everyone support the decision, or do individual Board Members undermine and change the work of the Board?
Nonprofit Boards play a critical role in their nonprofit organizations’ success. A strong Board can steer its organization to triumph, while an ineffective Board can lead to an organization’s demise. It is essential that the Board and Executive Director work well together. By strengthening the knowledge and skills of Executive Directors, individual Board Members (regardless of whether they are new or experienced), and whole Boards alike, nonprofit organizations are better able to manage the challenges that they face and operate more effectively.
Ideally, Board Members and Executive Directors will attend this training together, but the content is equally effective for individuals. This full-day seminar, intended for both Executive Directors and Board Members, will touch on a range of issues that are relevant to every nonprofit Board. Using a variety of tools, you will have the opportunity to self-assess effective governance, to brainstorm ways to improve, and to develop action plans that will help advance the work of your organization.
We will look at three interrelated areas:
- The three legal responsibilities of every Board Member
- The fiduciary responsibility of the Board
- The Boards’ role in effective fund development
Nonprofit Network designed and facilitated this process for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan Affiliates and has presented this model throughout the state. Participants had this to say:
“It was a dynamic workshop”
“Positive, practical, real-world experience for Board Members of all experience levels.”
"I found this presentation both inspirational and informative"
"As a relatively new Board Member I found the information valuable. I feel more comfortable and confident in my role as a Board Member." Facilitators:
Regina Funkhouser has been the executive director of the Nonprofit Network since June 2009. Previously she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, a Jackson, MI firm specializing in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. She had a wide and diverse client base including the Center for Family Health, Family Service & Children's Aid, Community Action Agency, Child and Parent Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jackson School of the Arts and many more. Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio. Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green University.
Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1996 in roles at the local, state and national levels. Prior to coming to Nonprofit Network, Tom served as a statewide capacity building director with Michigan Habitat for Humanity , where he supported 73 separate governing boards through its affiliate structure. In this role, he assisted organizations in their strategic planning processes, operational standards, policy development and board governance practices. Before his time at the state level, Tom was involved in developing and implementing national partnerships, including Habitat's long-running relationship with Thrivent Financial. Tom also served as an Executive Director of a Habitat affiliate.
Prior to his nonprofit work with Habitat, Tom served as staff to a county planning commission where he developed land use and transportation plans, in addition to grant writing and community development work. Tom is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Nonprofit Network Members - $60.00*
Michigan Nonprofit Association Members - $60.00**Additional registrants from the same organization - $30.00
Nonmembers - $80.00
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