All About Boards: Board Basics 2018


This workshop is part of a 4 part series called All About Boards. For more information and to register for the entire series please click here.

A strong and dedicated board of directors is the backbone of a nonprofit organization. The more effectively a board is run, the more it can contribute to the success of the organization.

In this workshop we will explore the characteristics of high-performing boards and how you can enhance the performance of your own board of directors. Through the use of facilitated discussions this workshop will cover some of the most critical issues in nonprofit governance including:

  • Governance Models – the many shapes and sizes – what is yours?
  • Board Structure:
    • How big should your board be?
    • What committees do you need? Standing Committees and working committees
  • Running Effective Meetings:
    • Developing an Agenda
    • Meeting practices and formalities
    • Taking Minutes
  • Board and Executive Director Relationship
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities
  • Board Documents and their purpose:
    • By-laws
    • Board Policies
  • Board Retreats:
    • Why and What For?

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Target Audience: Board Members, Executive Directors, board support staff and those interested in learning about becoming a volunteer board member

About the Presenters:

Dharshi Lacey is the Diversity & Governance Manager at Pillar Nonprofit Network. She has worked as a Diversity Consultant assisting nonprofit boards assess their organization’s cultural competency and develop action plans to develop more inclusive practices within their board recruitment, board policy, strategic planning and Executive Director accountabilities. In her current role with Pillar she is implementing the DiverseCity onBoard program designed to connect qualified visible minority and under-represented immigrants to agencies, boards, and commissions in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Lissa Foster has more than 25 years experience in diverse roles related to the nonprofit sector.  She has worked at national, provincial and local levels leading fund development and event management teams, managing volunteers, supporting volunteer-led chapters of large organizations and in communications and media relations capacities.  This is rounded out with experience in a senior leadership role in corporate community relations.  Lissa has served as Board Chair of Pillar Nonprofit Network and now reports to a board in her current capacity as Executive Director of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She is passionate about excellence in non-profit governance. 

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