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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.

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  1. 1. Sponsored by: Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance Sam Frank Synthesis Partnership September 18, 2013 Twitter Hashtag - #4Glearn Part Of:
  2. 2. Sponsored by: Advising nonprofits in:! •  Strategy! •  Planning! •  Organizational Development! www.synthesispartnership.com! ! (617) 969-1881! info@synthesispartnership.com! ! INTEGRATED PLANNING Part Of:
  3. 3. Sponsored by:Part Of: Coming Soon
  4. 4. Sponsored by: Today’s Speaker & Host Sam Frank Principal, Synthesis Partnership Founding Director, Nonprofit Webinars Assisting with chat questions: Jamie Maloney, 4Good Part Of:
  5. 5. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Sam Frank Synthesis Partnership Nonprofit Boards & effective governance © Copyright 2013 Synthesis Partnership! All rights reserved.! Copies permitted only with full attribution!
  6. 6. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Overview! How to assemble a capable board. How to structure & operate a board productively. How to engage trustees & increase mutual satisfaction. Specific tools & resources to enhance board effectiveness. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  7. 7. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools Variations Overview! FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT SELF-PERPETUATION STRATEGY / PLANNING HIRING / ASSESSING CEO FUNDRAISING SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  8. 8. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools Variations Overview! MEMBERSHIP CAPACITY STRUCTURE & PROCESS Cultivation! Orientation! Nomination! Service Plan! Self Assessment! Reappointment! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  9. 9. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools Variations Overview! MEMBERSHIP CAPACITY STRUCTURE & PROCESS Recruitment! Committees! Meetings! Policies / Procedures! Retreats! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  10. 10. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools Variations Overview! MEMBERSHIP CAPACITY STRUCTURE & PROCESS Leadership! Board Size! Fundraising! Board Development! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  11. 11. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Overview! Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools Variations CONSORTIA ADVISORY BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  12. 12. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities! One definition of a nonprofit board— an ineffective group of effective people
  13. 13. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Financial oversight Fundraising & Outreach Strategy / Planning Hiring & assessing the CEO Self-perpetuation Fiduciary responsibilities! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  14. 14. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Fiduciary responsibilities! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  15. 15. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Cultivation Nomination Orientation Individual Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment Common Issues! Membership! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  16. 16. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Common Issues! Membership! Cultivation Nomination Orientation Individual Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nomination to the Board of Trustees Nominee: Nominated by: Expertise Geography Interest Area Nominee profile compared to profile of current members For each person, check as many boxes as applicable Current board term name Law Accounting Governance Communications Fundraising Planning 2007-10 Trustee A 2007-10 Trustee B 2007-10 Trustee C 2007-10 Trustee D 2008-11 Trustee E 2008-11 Trustee F 2008-11 Trustee G 2008-11 Trustee H 2009-12 Trustee I 2009-12 Trustee J 2009-12 Trustee K 2009-12 Trustee L Nominee Who is the nominee? (brief description of the nominee in relation to the profile categories above; include any knowledge you have of the nominee’s participation on other boards) What important qualities will the nominee bring to the board? Do you have direct experience with the nominee in a situation of group deliberation ? If so, please describe What is this nominee’s capability to contribute financially and to provide access to major contributors? What other information do you feel would be valuable for us to know about this nominee?
  17. 17. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Cultivation Nomination Orientation Individual Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment Common Issues! Membership! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  18. 18. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Common Issues! Membership! Cultivation Nomination Orientation Individual Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  19. 19. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Cultivation Nomination Orientation Individual Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment Common Issues! Membership! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  20. 20. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Recruitment Policies and procedures Committees Meetings Retreats Work process Common Issues! Structure & Process! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  21. 21. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Common Issues! Structure & Process! Board Policies and Procedures Role of the Board Structure of the Board •  Members •  Officers •  Committees •  Committee Membership Nomination Process Expectations for Trustees Deliberations and Decisions Financial Policies and Procedures Human Resource Policies and Procedures Board Development Meetings Evaluations Recruitment Policies and procedures Committees Meetings Retreats Work process SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  22. 22. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Recruitment Policies and procedures Committees Meetings Retreats Work process Common Issues! Structure & Process! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  23. 23. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Common Issues! Structure & Process: Meetings! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Agenda January 25, 2012 Consent agenda 5 minutes Item Action Minutes of previous meeting Approval Finance Committee report Approve budget changes Development Committee report Approve position descriptions Committee on Trustees Approve new board development program Approve changes to trustee manual  Discussion agenda 15 minutes Executive Director’s report Discuss flagged issues Meeting topic 30 minutes Governance as leadership Other Business 10 minutes - Old - New - Announcements Roundtable evaluation of meeting Review of actions from meeting Adjourn   Contents of pre-meeting packet Meeting agenda Minutes of previous meeting Executive Director’s report Finance committee report Development committee report Board development program Proposed changes to trustee manual     ! Recruitment Policies and procedures Committees Meetings Retreats Work process
  24. 24. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Leadership Board development Board size Fundraising Common Issues! Capacity! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  25. 25. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! Executive committee Advisory board Consortia Variations! Multi-tier Boards! SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P
  26. 26. SYNTHESIS P A R T N E R S H I P Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance! Wednesday Webinar: September 18, 2013! © 2013 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved ! © Copyright 2013 Synthesis Partnership! All rights reserved.! Copies permitted only in entirety and with full attribution! Resources !Questions?! Sam Frank, Principal Consultant Synthesis Partnership sbf@synthesispartnership.com 617 969 1881 www.synthesispartnership.com 683 Commonwealth Avenue Newton MA 02459 Critical Issues # 4: On Boards !http://bit.ly/SyPci04! Blog (entries on governance) !http://bit.ly/blogSyP! Governance Clinic !http://bit.ly/governanceclinic" next Wednesday, September 25, 1:00 EDT! Other webinars (live & archived) !http://bit.ly/SyPwebinars! !! Advising nonprofits in strategy, planning, & organizational development with full consulting & training services or just the limited guidance you may need by phone or video conference, document sharing & email to use our experience to assure your success.
  27. 27. Sponsored by: Find listings for our current season of webinars and register at: NonprofitWebinars.com Part Of:
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