All About Boards: Board Basics

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.

Some boards of directors provide dynamic and effective leadership that can be felt throughout the organization. Others are “like parsley on fish – decorative but useless” (to quote Irving Olds). What makes the difference?

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 case studies, group discussions and print resources, Nathan Garber will cover some of the most critical issues in nonprofit governance including:

  • Roles and Responsibilities 
    o The three most important duties of board members
    o The five key responsibilities of the board
  • Governance models - Do you have one? Do you need one? 
  • Building and maintaining a strong board-executive director relationship 
  • Board Structure
    o How big should your board be?
    o What committees do you need? 
  • Running effective meetings makes for more engaged board member
    o How to plan the agenda
    o Good meeting practices
    o How to take minutes 
  • Nonprofit Corporations and Registered Charities: how to keep your nonprofit and/or charitable status 

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Target Audience: Board Members, Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Finance Committees and those interested in learning about becoming a volunteer board member

About the Presenter:
Nathan Garber is a consultant and trainer specializing in governance and planning for nonprofit organizations. He brings to this work more than 40 years of experience in and with nonprofit organizations including long service as both a board member and an executive director.

Generously supported by the City of London

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