Board Chairs Academy Topics

21 Hours of Online Instruction and Roundtable Peer Learning Discussions in Six Critical Governance Leadership Areas and Six Focus Areas

Board Chairs Academy delivers research findings, models, tools and content along with guest presentations on six key topics of nonprofit board leadership. The Board Chairs Academy also includes six additional Roundtables on a variety of focused subjects that are open to Board Chairs Academy participants as part of their learning experience.


Board Governance: Advancing the Art of Governing a Community Cause

The first session explores the attributes of governance as it relates specifically to the nonprofit business model. Participants are challenged to recognize the leadership needs of cause-related organizations and the responsibilities of board members to advance effective decision-making on behalf of mission-driven enterprises. Discussions include the role of values in leadership, the unique elements of nonprofit boards, nonprofit management versus nonprofit leadership, and the nonprofit life cycle.

Board Development: Evolving a Board to Its Potential

Governing an evolving organization requires an evolving board of directors. This session will provide an overview of how to develop a dynamic board of directors with an evolving focus on diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. Discussions include the evolution of board development as an element of governance responsibilities, board assessments against an organizational picture of success, board recruitment strategies, board orientation, and effective board meetings.


Resource Development: Building Community Equity for Sustainable Community Impact

Sustainable resource development is the product of a fundraising culture. This session challenges participants to analyze their current fundraising cultures and discuss a board’s responsibilities for creating and edifying a successful resource development environment. The program will include a fundraising assessment, fundraising myths and laws, a marketing-based approach to resource development, and creation of action plans.

Leadership Succession Planning: Assuring a Continuity of Leadership to Advance the Cause

Assuring a continuity of leadership is one of the most important forms of resource development for a nonprofit organization’s sustainable future. This session offers the hallmark presentation of the mission statement of Third Sector Company. Board members and executive staff will be provided tools for cultivating a culture of leadership continuity and succession planning with a focus on evolving diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.


Board & Executive Relations: Leveraging a Partnership for Community Results

The relationship that a board has with its chief executive officer sets the tone for understanding the dynamic that exists between governance and management in a nonprofit organization. This session will present recommendations for performance planning and accountability throughout the organization, evaluating the chief executive, executive compensation, and succession planning practices and policies.

Generative Board: Fostering Innovation to Advance the Cause

Board Chairs Academy culminates with a discussion about the attributes of a strategic organization, which is the result of strategic governance in action. This session will advocate for the development of a nonprofit dashboard, analysis of organizational effectiveness against mission and stated benchmarks of success, board member roles in assuring a strategic organizational culture, and steps to avoid backsliding into managing operations and minutia.


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No board training program available to community impact organizations can match the intensity, comprehensiveness, materials, incremental learning processes, and outcomes of Board Chairs Academy.