Board Chairs Academy Sessions

Six Progressive Topics and 21 Hours of Cohort Learning
Essential to Effective Board and Community Leadership of Your Nonprofit Organization


Board Governance: Practicing the Art of Nonprofit Leadership

The first session explores the attributes of governance as it relates specifically to the nonprofit business model. We challenge participants to recognize cause-related organizations’ leadership needs and the board members’ responsibility to advance effective decision-making on behalf of mission-driven enterprises. The seminar includes discussions about the role of values in leadership, the unique elements of nonprofit boards, nonprofit management versus nonprofit leadership, and the nonprofit life cycle.

#2 Board Development: Evolving a Board to Its Potential

Governing an evolving organization requires an evolving board of directors. This session provides an overview of how to develop a dynamic board for your organization. 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.


#3 Resource Development: Building Community Equity for Sustainable Community Impact

Sustainable resource development is the product of a fundraising culture. The third seminar 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.

#4 Succession Planning: Assuring a Continuity of Leadership to Advance a Cause

Assuring a continuity of leadership is one of the most important ways to create a sustainable future for nonprofit organizations. This seminar provides board members and executive staff with the tools for cultivating a culture of leadership continuity and succession planning with a focus on evolving diversity, inclusion, equity and access as an essential element of leadership development and cultivation.


#5 Board & Executive Relations: Leveraging a Partnership for Community Results

A board’s relationship with its chief executive officer sets the tone for understanding the dynamic between governance and management in a nonprofit organization. This convening will present recommendations for performance planning and accountability throughout the organization, including evaluating the chief executive, executive compensation, and succession planning practices and policies.

#6 Strategic Board: Fostering Innovation to Advance a 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 developing a nonprofit dashboard, analyzing organizational effectiveness and efficiency against the mission and stated benchmarks of success, board member roles in assuring a strategic organizational culture, and steps in safeguarding against backsliding into managing operations and minutia.


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No board training program on the market can match the intensity, comprehensiveness, materials, incremental learning processes, and outcomes of Board Chairs Academy.