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  • 1. Fulfilling a Role or Just Filling a Seat?
    Developing your Board's Capital in Challenging Times
    Instructor: Anne Ackerson
    THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS, A STATE AGENCY
  • 2. What we’ll cover today:
    Building a board to meet your organization’s challenges
    Strategies to blend and build competencies
    The role of the Board Development Committee
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  • 3. It’s Tough Out There!
    competition
    too few resources
    high expectations
    keeping audiences engaged, growing and coming back
    what else is making you want to tear your hair out?
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  • 4. Are Our Boards Up to the Task?
    right skills?
    right attributes?
    right support?
    right culture?
    How many of you feel you’ve got the right mix of talent and systems and environment in place for your board to do its best work?
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  • 5. Board Development Committee
    Needs Assessment
     
    Ongoing Training
     
    Identification
    Evaluation
     
     
    Rotation
    Cultivation
     
     
     
    Training
    Recruitment
     
     
    Engagement
     
    Orientation
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  • 6. Board Development Committee
    What is its role?
    What are its specific tasks?
    Who needs to be on it?
    How often will it meet?
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  • 7. Needs Assessment: Right Skills and Attributes
    Identifying Your Board’s Current Strengths and Future Leadership Needs
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    • SWOT
    • 8. Vision-Values Discussion: Vision and Mission Statements, Strategic or Long Range Plan
    • 9. Skills/Experience Inventory of Current Board
  • Skills/Experience Inventory of Current Board
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  • 10.  Talent Identification
    Matching skills and attributes to potential candidates
    Characteristics to think about: forward-looking, optimistic, comfortable with risk or uncertainty
    Using existing and new networks to identify potential candidates
    Image from: www.managerfactory.com/.../social_network.jpg
    How can you identify new and different board members for your organization?
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  • 11. Cultivation
    A PROCESS THAT MAY REQUIRE SEVERAL INTERACTIONS OVER VARYING LENGTHS OF TIME
    Tailored to individual
    Could include
    Multiple conversations by phone and in person
    A tour of the facilities and meeting of staff
    Sitting in on a board meeting
    Meeting board members
    Attending an event
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  • 12. Recruitment
    Based on your research
    Describe why a prospect is wanted and needed
    Explain expectations and responsibilities
    Is the prospect interested and ready to serve?
    Does the prospect need more cultivation?
    What if the prospect says “no”?
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  • 13.  Orientation
    Make orientation of new board members
    (or prospects) a formal activity
    Orientation should include:
    Overview of the organization
    Tour of facilities
    Observation of programs
    Overview of the board and staff
    Board Member Handbook – a handy reference for new and veteran board members
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  • 14. Engagement
    Pair up newbies and veterans
     
    Involve all board members in committees or task forces right away
     
    Ask for one-on-one help; opinions
     
    Hold them accountable
     
    Thank them often
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  • 15. Checklist of Items to Include in aBoard Member’s Orientation Packet/Handbook
    Section I:  Organizational Background
    Section II:  Governance
    Section III:  Finance
    Section IV:  Policies
    Section V:  Staff /Key Volunteers
    Section VI:  Program
    Board Member’s Bookshelf Bibliography
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  • 16. Training
    Formal
    Conferences, seminars or workshops
    In-house speakers
    Field trips
    Retreats
    Joint meetings with other cultural organizations
    Short “tutorials”
    Informal
    Distribute mission/issue-related articles
    Post-board meeting get-togethers
    Drop-in opportunities to observe programming
    Website area just for board members
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  • 17. Evaluation
    Who and What Needs to be Evaluated?
    The board as a whole
    Committees
    Individual board members
    What are the tools?
    Assessment forms
    Strategic or Long-range Plan
    Annual workplans
    Board member job description
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  • 18. Two Words About Board Member Rotation 
    DO IT!
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  • 19. Questions?Comments?
    Session 2 | Webinar Wednesday, June 30,  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Getting Beyond the "Bored" Meeting
    You've probably been there: the report-driven board meeting that keeps you looking at your watch or stealing glances at your smart phone; or the board meeting that is so over-the-top with ideas that you leave it dazed and confused. These are two ends of one continuum known as the board meeting. Where does your organization fit?This webinar will look at some basics, like what board meetings should accomplish, building meaningful agendas and dashboards, and using breakouts, facilitator and conversation recorders.
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