Board Governance Training - Berkeley Board Fellows 11-27-2012
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Board Governance Training - Berkeley Board Fellows 11-27-2012



How does a board do its business? What do good board members do? What's the right model for the organization at this time? These and other questions will be discussed at the next Board Fellows ...

How does a board do its business? What do good board members do? What's the right model for the organization at this time? These and other questions will be discussed at the next Board Fellows training (for fellows only). The training will provide Board Fellows with instruction and individual coaching for being a good board members. This is your chance to ask specific questions about governance and how to engage and be active in the board meetings. There will also be breakout sessions to discuss board experiences and engagement with other Fellows. Coaches will be there to provide guidance on your projects as well as overcoming any obstacles with your board.




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    Board Governance Training - Berkeley Board Fellows 11-27-2012 Board Governance Training - Berkeley Board Fellows 11-27-2012 Presentation Transcript

    • Fellow TrainingNovember 27, 2012
    • Key Program Components
    • Agenda • Preparing to be a good board member • What are you looking for/seeing thus far? • Engagement? • Project
    • 9 Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards • Select, evaluate and develop CEO• Shape, clarify • Ensure adequate mission and financial vision resources• Engage actively • Lend expertise; in strategic provide access to decision making people and policy • Enhance decisions reputation of Monitor and improve performance organization • Oversee financial management, ensure appropriate risk management • Monitor performance, ensure accountability • Improve board performance
    • What do good board members do? • Before the meetings • During the meetings • Around the meetings Good board members: • know what is going on • identify potential issues and • ensure they are resolved in a thoughtful and timely manner.
    • Good board members: Before the meeting • Know the 10 things you need to know about your nonprofit • Know where you are going to be most helpful – Committee work – Assistance to select staff (as a volunteer) – Different perspective • Review agenda and pre-reading materials. Come with questions. • Understand how board makes decisions and decision-making framework
    • 10 Things You Should Know about YourNonprofit1. Core activities, who, what, where, for how long?2. Mission, Theory of change3. Organization chart/profile of key leaders4. Revenue mix/trends5. Key cost components6. Board composition/committees7. Key peers/competitors8. Other stakeholders9. Recent events/public profile10.Results against mission
    • Good board members: During the meeting• Ask good questions, especially early in your tenure. Aspire to have the right question at the right time• Recognize issues (governance, strategy, business practices)• Engage constructively in the search for an answer – Possible options – Synthesize/structure the problem• Bring beneficiary/stakeholder perspective into the room. What would our beneficiaries say?• Hear dissenting points of view• Recognize governance is not management and most nonprofits have limited capacity to manage new ideas
    • What should you look for or learn? • Who’s who? – Chair – Officers/committee chairs – Who seems to shape thinking and how do they do it? • Quality of CEO-Board relationship • Role of the board. Is there meat on the table or is management looking to manage the board? • How are decisions made? Decision making framework? • Which of the 9 responsibilities are the current focus of the board and why?
    • Good board members: Outside themeetings? • Connect to other members • If something seems missing, find out if it really is…. Nonprofits have lots of history • See the work of the nonprofit • Know which hat you are wearing at any point of time: – Director – Donor – Volunteer
    • Small group discussion with your coach • What have you seen in your board experience thus far? How do you interpret it? • Have you engaged with the board? – What has helped? – Problems solve to improve engagement • Project discussion – Work planning – Getting started
    • Project or engagement counseling • If you would like to spend a bit more time talking with one of our coaches, sign up on sheet • If not, you’re done and we appreciate your participation
    • Stay Connected & Tap Into ResourcesEmail: socialimpact@haas.berkeley.eduFacebook: Fellows website: The Business of Making a Difference Starts Here