Board Leadership is an engaging, virtual training series that develops participants’ knowledge and skills to effectively serve on a non-profit board. The program, a partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), provides a powerful combination of statewide expertise with local vision and insight to develop high-performing board members and leaders throughout the Mohawk Valley for maximum community impact.
NYCON delivers the core trainings, which are balanced with region-specific “fireside chat” sessions facilitated by CLE with community leaders. The curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of the non-profit model and the governance responsibilities associated with board service.
Why Board Leadership?
Board Leadership is ideal for individuals interested in learning how to maximize their time, talents, and ties on behalf of an organization.
Over the course of 12 weeks, you'll participate in six modules focusing on board dynamics, roles, and responsibilities; the strategic planning process and benchmarks for success; fiduciary oversight; funding development roles, responsibilities, and strategies; and the board-building cycle. You will:
- Gain an understanding of the non-profit sector and the legal framework that governs non-profit organizations, and an overview of board roles and responsibilities.
- Explore the dynamics of board-building and placement, including recruiting, diversity and inclusion, and skills/personal fit.
- Learn about the strategic planning process and the importance of outcomes-based planning.
- Develop your understanding of the financial structure of non-profit organizations and a board's role in financial management and fundraising.
- Attend a board meeting simulation or observation in real time and get experience through board mentorship/internship opportunities.
Module 1: Board Dynamics, Roles, and Responsibilities
4-6 p.m., Jan. 26, Zoom
Provides essential background on the nonprofit sector, including a board's legal obligations, roles and responsibilities, and the actions and culture that serve to move an organization forward. Featuring a fireside chat with Larry Gilory and David Mathis.
Module 2: Strategic Directions
4-6 p.m., Feb. 23, Zoom
Explores the strategic planning process and clarifies the potential roles of board members, committee members, staff members, consumers, funders, donors, and other stakeholders in the planning process. Featuring a fireside chat with Jawwaad Rasheed and Eve Van de Wal.
Module 3: Fiduciary Oversight
4-6 p.m., March 23, Zoom
Examines the fiduciary duties of boards, nonprofit financials, and risk management needs within federal, state, and local laws. Featuring a fireside chat with Natalie Brown and Steve Zogby.
Module 4: Resource Development
4-6 p.m., April 27, Zoom
Focuses on how a board fulfills its responsibilities for providing access to financial resources through support of fundraising and by personal giving. Featuring a fireside chat with Karen Korotzer and Lou Tehan.
Module 5: Board Building and Placement
4-6 p.m., May 25, Zoom
Reviews the board-building cycle and the questions potential board members should ask themselves before joining a board. Featuring a fireside chat with Alicia Dicks and Tim Giarrusso.
Module 6: Capstone Conversation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
4-6 p.m., June 22, Zoom
Provides perspective and an opportunity to learn from seasoned CEOs as they share their insights and experiences with board interaction throughout their career.
Spring 2022, 4-6 p.m., via Zoom
Current non-profit board members and CEOs, as well as anyone who has never served on a board, but may be interested.
$40 per person, per session
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