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Boardable’s “Ask Coach Kim” Webinar: Nonprofit Governance Questions with Kim Donahue

Boardable’s “Ask Coach Kim” Webinar: Nonprofit Governance Questions with Kim Donahue is FREE courtesy of Boardable

1 Lesson / 37 Minutes / FREE

Introducing Coach Kim Donahue, Board Governance Expert for Boardable. Boardable has Coach Kim as a monthly webinar guest, where she addresses real-life nonprofit organizational challenges live. Kim has over 30 years of experience advising nonprofits on everything from conflict resolution to effective board meeting structure.

To register for our next “Ask Coach Kim” webinar and to submit your questions for Kim regarding nonprofit governance and board management questions here:…

This webinar replay was originally recorded during our March 13 Q&A with Kim.

Full List of Webinar Questions:

Question 1 from LinkedIn – 2:38: If you have introverts on your nonprofit staff or board, what’s the best way to bring them into the mix at a group meeting? Ask them for their reaction? What is the best way to approach this?

Question 2 from Liv – 4:36: We are embarking on board recruitment. What is the best way to approach that?Do we recruit by skillset or do we recruit people who are passionate about the organization, and figure out skillsets later?

Question 3 from Liv – 6:18: What is the best way to streamline board communication?

Question 4 from Deborah – 8:26: Are staggered board terms always the best idea? What are other common roles of a VP besides presiding when a president cannot?

Question 5 from Darren – 10:10: How to you engage individuals who have never served on a board that have something to offer, but who may not know where they should start? My organization is fairly new and has only had a developed board for one year.

Question 6 from Jeri – 13:40: I’ve heard traditional arguments in favor of limited board member terms and generally agree. However, I have a couple of board members who work for very large companies, and while we’ve cultivated their replacements, they are still very high performing and don’t want to leave. If they roll off our board even for only a year, they will be expected to serve on another high level board and may be forever gone. What to do?

Question 7 from Rachel – 15:51: What are your suggestions for dealing with long-time board members who are unfamiliar with or unwilling to meet basic governance expectations? If all else fails, how do you persuade them to step down or into a different role?

Question 8 from anonymous – 22:36: With regard to conflict resolution: One person on our board always shoots down every idea. It’s always, “We tried that, and it didn’t work.” What do we do to stop this behavior?

Question 9 from anonymous – 26:05: What is an appropriate relationship for nonprofit staff members to have with the board? For example, should staff members attend board meetings?

Question 10 from anonymous – 29:05: Should the nonprofit staff be involved with hiring a new Executive Director? How do we manage the expectations?

Question 11 from an Executive Director – 31:05: Sometimes board members will call staff members to discuss a program or propose a new idea. Then, it comes up as a surprise to me at a board meeting, where neither the board member nor staff member told me about it. How do I handle this?

Question 12 from Laticia – 35:10: When we bring up fun activities for fundraising, EVERYONE likes the idea(s). But when it comes to practicing our mission of educating, which is more challenging, the Board doesn’t accept it as quickly.

KIM’S NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE EXPERTISE – CREDENTIALS: Over her 30+ years in the nonprofit sector, Kim has facilitated more than 1,000 workshops and planning sessions for nonprofit organizations including sessions on board development, grant writing, program outcomes, and leadership skills for board and staff.

Kim has served as a nonprofit employee, volunteer and board member. She has taken advanced training in the areas of board development, fundraising, appreciative inquiry, facilitation, coaching and strategic planning. Continuing education for Kim has included BoardSource, The Fundraising School at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Bluepoint Leadership and Leadership Strategies.

Working with a nonprofit board is a challenging but rewarding endeavor. Your time and energy makes such a difference in the world around you. Keep up the great work!

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