Joining the Team: Covering Your Governance Bases


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Whether you are interested in joining a board, you are a first time board member, or are a veteran board member; the foundational elements for board service are essential. Join us for a discussion on governance best practices that will help you better:

− Grasp governing roles and responsibilities.
− Understand hats you wear as a board member.
− Clarify expectations and commitments in board leadership.
− Ask questions to serve the mission and govern effectively.
− Become a standout ambassador for the organizational mission.

Matching the passion for a mission with governance essentials will serve you, the nonprofit, and create a more engaged board of directors.

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Joining the Team: Covering Your Governance Bases

  1. 1. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance JOINING THE TEAM: COVERING YOUR GOVERNANCE BASES Emily Davis, MNM, CGT Emily Davis Consulting June 12, 2014 #svpgovernance101
  2. 2. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance Follow the conversation… @svpboulder @AskEmilyD #svpgovernance101 #governance #nonprofit #leadership #philanthropy TURN ON YOUR TECH
  3. 3. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance WHO AM I?
  4. 4. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance How many of you are… q Serving on 1 committee? q Serving on 2 or more committees? q Interested in joining a board for the first time? q Currently serving on 1 board? q Currently serving on 2 or more boards? QUICK POLL
  5. 5. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance 30 SECOND CHALLENGE •  Name •  Organization(s) •  1 thing you are hoping to get from today AGENDA •  Personal planning •  Board roles & responsibilities •  Shared leadership •  Examples
  6. 6. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance WHAT ARE YOUR FEARS?
  7. 7. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance PERSONAL PLANNING
  8. 8. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance 1.  Determine mission & purpose 2.  Select the chief executive 3.  Support & evaluate the chief executive 4.  Ensure effective planning 5.  Monitor & strengthen programs & services 6.  Ensure adequate financial resources 7.  Protect assets & provide financial oversight 8.  Build a competent board 9.  Ensure legal & ethical integrity 10. Enhance the organization’s public standing 10 BASIC BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
  9. 9. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance ACTIVITY How does the board as a whole perform the 10 responsibilities listed? Rate the board as a whole on a scale from 1 – 4. 4 = Outstanding 3 = Good 2 = Fair 1 = Poor
  10. 10. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance 1.  Set Organizational Direction 2.  Provide Oversight 3.  Ensure Necessary Resources ü Long-term planning (strategic plan) ü Philosophical direction ü Not tactical ü What does the board NOT do? BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  11. 11. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance 1.  Set Organizational Direction 2.  Provide Oversight 3.  Ensure Necessary Resources ü Program ü Financial ü Risk management ü Legal & moral oversight ü ED evaluation BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  12. 12. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance 1.  Set Organizational Direction 2.  Provide Oversight 3.  Ensure Necessary Resources ü  Identify resources needed ü  Establish how resources are acquired ü  Determine how committee will actively participate in resource development ü  Financially – contribute, access &, org stability BOARD ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  13. 13. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance WHY 100% BOARD GIVING??
  14. 14. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance Legal Hat Ambassador Hat Volunteer Hat THE DIFFERENT HATS WE WEAR…
  15. 15. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance ENSURE BOARD & ED ENGAGEMENT* ED is displacing board GOVERNANCE AS OBSERVATION ED is in constructive partnership with board GOVERNANCE AS LEADERSHIP ED is going thru the motions with the board GOVERNANCE AS ATTENDANCE ED is displaced by board GOVERNANCE AS MICROMANAGEMENT E D E N G A G E M E N T BOARD ENGAGEMENT * Source: Richard Chair et. al. “Governance as Leadership”
  16. 16. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance ACTIVITY TIME! Write “board” in the space provided if you think it is a board responsibility. Write “staff” if you think it is a responsibility carried out by the staff. Write “both” if you think it is a responsibility shared by staff and board.
  17. 17. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance Board Leads Shares values thru policies that put mission in action Hires, supports, assesses ED Opens funding resources in community Oversees financial due diligence Recruits & retains new board members ED Leads Develops/ Proposes policy questions Hires, supervises, motivates staff Develops & implements programs Shared Leadership Strategic plan Fundraising plan & strategies Evaluations Prep board meetings SHARED LEADERSHIP
  18. 18. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance WHAT MAKES ‘EM TICK • Always YES • Wants to help everyone & everything • Caution! OVER-COMMITTED • Need lots to stay engaged • Don’t let them sit around BUSY, BUSY, BUSY • Verbal & print • Use titles & acknowledg ment LIKES RECOGNITION • Stays focused & on track • Great for events • May get discouraged by others lack of support ORGANIZER • Lots of ideas for improvement • Pair with an Organizer to keep things moving CREATIVE *Abigail Harmon
  19. 19. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
  20. 20. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance EVALUATION
  21. 21. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance SAMPLES
  22. 22. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance
  23. 23. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance Books for sale & signing with a 30% discount: $34.95 for nonprofits Credit card & check DRAWING & SIGNING!
  24. 24. /emilydavisconsulting /AskEmilyD @SVPBoulder #nonprofit #governance Emily Davis, MNM Emily Davis Consulting (720) 515-0581