Expanding Internationally Through Partnerships: Practical Lessons For 21st Century Nonprofits (at BoardSource October 2010)
by Rmasisak on Nov 11, 2010
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Rebecca Masisak and Marnie Webb, Co-CEOs, TechSoup Global...
Rebecca Masisak and Marnie Webb, Co-CEOs, TechSoup Global
Your organization is currently doing critical work in the United States, but you recognize the need to grow its reach and impact internationally. What models should be considered? How do key staff and boards step up to support experimentation and adroitly shape and govern the emerging structures and brand?
Important lessons can be learned from pioneering TechSoup Global. As worldwide demand for its programs grew, TechSoup Global's leadership team and board struggled with developing an organizational model that would mobilize partners around a common mission and include contributions from multiple players. Like most organizations, key considerations included expansion without significant additions in headcount and overhead. Now operating in 33 countries with three distinct boards of directors, TechSoup Global has successfully built a growing global network of locally driven programs.
A showcase of applicable insights, this session explores lessons learned, innovative technologies deployed, organizational models piloted and refined, and how boards influence and model the kind of leadership needed as organizations expand internationally.
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