Is Your Nonprofit Board Achieving its Full Potential?

Getting To Great Governance | Video Training Series for Nonprofit Boards

These 20-minute segments will help your board members achieve their best level of mission fulfillment by bringing stronger leadership and value to their role.

Each episode delves into the common — and not so common — challenges that arise in volunteer boards, including defining purpose, legal and fiduciary duties, and CEO evaluation.

Bill Charney — a renowned board leadership advisor, author, and worldwide speaker — wrote and delivers this dynamic series, proudly produced by Emily Griffith Foundation with Emily Griffith Technical College.

This entire 12-part series is available for a one-year license fee of $395, and includes the ability for nonprofits to track each board member’s completion of the training.

*Once purchasing, you will be immediately redirected to enter board member names and emails. Each board member will automatically receive an email with their unique log-in credentials to access the video training. 

This video training is the most effective educational tool available today for nonprofit leaders and board volunteers, bar none. Bill has that rare ability to distill complex theory into rock-solid action plans guaranteed to facilitate long-term success and vibrancy.
— John Arigoni, retired CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Anyone who serves on a board of directors or is in a leadership position at a nonprofit should watch these smart, to-the-point videos for tips on how to be the best and most productive you can be.
— Gil Asakawa, Manager of Student Media for the University of Colorado's School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Even board member veterans will gain insights from this training and come away with a renewed focus and vision. Board effectiveness will greatly increase as a result of clearly identifying the board’s role and the ‘community’ the board serves; understanding fiduciary and legal duties; deciding the voice of the board; and taking a ‘nesting bowls’ approach to board priorities.
— Linda Kanamine, Marketing & Communications Executive

Getting to Great Governance Training Series Overview

Part 1 | I’m On The Board. Now, What’s My Job? Members of the same board often have widely different expectations, assumptions, and ideas about their responsibilities. Charney defines successful board leadership by exploring governance/board accountability, purpose, and more.

Part 2 | The Legal and Fiduciary Duties of Board Members: An Overview In recent years, the bar has been considerably raised as to the standards of care required and expected of nonprofit board members. Charney outlines 8 key steps for exercising board legal and fiduciary duties and avoiding legal liability.

Part 3 | Leading With One Voice Though the “One Voice” leadership concept has wide name recognition and large implications for board effectiveness – it enjoys little real understanding. Charney digs into what the “One Voice” principle means as well as its challenges and how to overcome them.

Part 4 | The Board’s “Playbook”: How to Develop Sound Governing Policies One of the largest challenges boards face is being held accountable for all organizational decisions, despite having limited time and ability to influence these decisions. Charney outlines actionable strategies for how boards can develop policy to codify values and expectations that shape and define accountability for all organizational decisions.

Part 5 | The Delegation Challenge: Balancing ED/CEO Empowerment with Accountability The challenge of simultaneously empowering people and holding them accountable for their work is heightened for nonprofit boards who often have to lead in absentia. Charney shares a key Policy Governance philosophy, which leads to optimized delegation and organizational performance.

Part 6 | Setting Standards for Fiscal Oversight There are many flaws in traditional and prevalent board practices regarding fiscal oversight. Charney discusses how boards can rise above these commonplace shortcomings to provide valuable fiscal leadership and accountability.

Part 7 | Focus on Purpose: The Power of Ends Organizational life often gets in the way of the board’s duty to create the future for the nonprofit and the community it serves. Charney explains the practical steps needed for boards to ensure they create a lasting impact, by focusing on impacts and results more than activities.

Part 8 | How Healthy Are We? Board Self-Assessment Is the board fulfilling its purpose? Self-Assessment is vital to elevating board leadership and productivity through quality improvement. Charney dives into the why, when, how and what of effective board evaluation.

Part 9 | The Role of Board Committees Board committees can inadvertently consume unnecessary staff time and organizational resources, become power bases or taint the nonprofit’s reputation. Charney provides tools for leveraging board committees to maximum benefit for the board itself and organization as a whole.

Part 10 | Chairs and CEOs: Who Leads What? How can board members and CEOs best leverage their leadership roles to compliment each other? Charney provides an overview of traditional and modern perspectives of both the CEO and board chair roles as well as the 8 traits of an effective board chair.

Part 11 | Monitoring CEO Performance: Making Evaluation Fair and Rigorous A crucial role of the board is holding the CEO accountable, a process that can be riddled with anxiety and unpredictability. Charney walks through best practice CEO evaluation techniques, the role of interpretations in delegation, and effective monitoring methods.

Part 12 | Wearing Two Hats: When the Board Is the Staff In smaller organizations where the board also assumes staff/operational roles, added challenges are faced. Charney discusses how effective governance can empower boards to achieve the best level of mission fulfillment possible, regardless of size.

*Once purchasing, you will be immediately redirected to enter board member names and emails.
Each board member will automatically receive an email with their unique log-in credentials to access the video training. 

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