Recruiting, Engaging and Maintaining a Great Board of Directors

Developing a well-rounded board of directors is Job #1 when it comes to having a strong organization capable of achieving its mission. Burn out is a common phenomenon, with a few heroic board members carrying the freight for the entire group. The Board Doctor will discuss high-yield strategies for analyzing your board’s needs and building a membership or volunteer pipeline to board service. She will also help you design a program of orientation and ongoing communication that will keep board members engaged and active throughout their tenure. There’s no need to go it alone! Come learn The Board Doctor’s steps to building and maintaining a great board.
 

Presenter: Cathy Allen is a BoardSource-certified nonprofit governance consultant with a passion for helping volunteer boards of directors understand and embrace their unique role, and organize their work for maximum effectiveness and minimum headache. Cathy is pleased to be making these workshops available virtually and at no cost.

The Ins and Outs of Board Self-Assessment

Any board of directors – no matter how healthy or high performing – can take a major leap forward by conducting a board self-assessment of its governance function. In this webinar, The Board Doctor will cover the basics of board self-assessment from choosing a tool to conducting the assessment to using the results. We will learn the difference between a whole board self-evaluation and an individual board member self-evaluation and see samples of each. Finally, we will walk through the sections of The Board Doctor’s Annual Checkup and hear real-world examples of how boards used the information they gathered in the process to improve the governance of the organization.
 

Presenter: Cathy Allen is a BoardSource-certified nonprofit governance consultant with a passion for helping volunteer boards of directors understand and embrace their unique role, and organize their work for maximum effectiveness and minimum headache. Cathy is pleased to be making these workshops available virtually and at no cost.

Strategic Planning That Sticks: Content and Process for Plans You’ll Use

  • “We put in a huge effort on planning two years ago but haven’t looked at the plan since,”
  • “No one knows what the future will bring. There’s no way to plan.”
  • “We’re too busy to write a plan. We’re just volunteers.”

The Board Doctor has heard it all. So many of us have been involved in planning processes that just didn’t last. They maybe brought clarity for a short time but certainly didn’t have any long-term effect. We will discuss the pros and cons of strategic planning for your organization, review the basic elements of a good plan, and discuss ways to ensure the plan is useful as a guide to decision-making for at least a few year. We’ll also talk about alternatives to strategic planning and discover options that may better suit your board of directors.