Governance Training for Nonprofit Boards of Directors

Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes.

        National Council of Nonprofits

The role of nonprofits and the skill required of the people who lead them, are more important than ever.

Why is it, then, that Board members often find themselves asking…. 

“Are we spending time in our Board meetings on the right things?” 

“I love the mission and to be involved but I don’t have unlimited time…I want to be doing the ‘right’ things.

“I’m not sure I know what my role is. I thought the Board was doing a good job, but then the E.D. asked us to “stay in our own lane.” What is it we’re supposed to be doing?”

JD’A can help. 

Mission work shouldn’t take a backseat to process.  A customized Nonprofit Board Governance Training will get Board members on track and focused on what matters and making a difference. 

The interactive training highlights:

o   The fundamentals of nonprofit leadership, specifically the roles and responsibilities, and boundaries of authority of the Executive Director vs. Board of Directors;

o   Navigating the boundary between executive vs. governance roles and responsibilities 

o   Understanding group dynamics, and learning how a “group” can become a “team.”

o   The tools and practices key to productive and efficient Board work, both inside and outside the boardroom

o   Leadership styles and practices, and which ones  best suit your Board and E.D. relationship.

The training includes both board members and the executive director, so both gain clarity and understanding of their respective roles, and how their partnership can best serve the mission and the people your organizations serve.

JD’A can also provide post-training coaching and support to the Executive Director and/or and Chair to ensure new learnings and practices are applied to in day-to-day oversight and management.

Let's Talk

If you’re looking for assistance in hitting your operational benchmarks or unlocking your own potential as a leader, email Joanne or call 207-671-7221

"I have known Joanne for over a decade and in that time have come to depend on her savvy intelligent and practical approach. Joanne advised the John T. Gorman Foundation as we created our first 5-year plan and then partnered with us over the years to support grantees as they navigated complex issues. She is my go-to when I need someone who not only thinks strategically about how to approach work but also knows how to make those ideas a reality. She is practical and beyond competent."

Nicole Witherbee, Chief Program Officer
John T. Gorman Foundation

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