The way a nonprofit and its board develops over time are often out of sync, causing disconnect and difficult dynamics. Has your beginning nonprofit grown into the middle stage, with your board remaining at the kitchen table level? Or has your boards development outpaced your nonprofits, causing expectations that lead to frustration for all parties? […]

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Fearless Facilitation for Board Chairs

by lisa on February 10, 2015

This special evening session will focus on the complexity facing board chairs who are facilitating peers, often colleagues and friends, in board meetings. How do you handle delicate issues that trigger strong emotions and opinions? What do you do when a board meeting is hijacked by one or more members who are stuck in the […]

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Donor Acquisition beyond Direct Mail

by lisa on February 9, 2015

Most nonprofits have noticed a steady decline in direct mail as a tool for acquiring new donors. This panel discussion will explore effective ways groups are acquiring new donors, using a variety of tools and techniques. Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, Board Leadership and Board Members especially encouraged to participate. Panel TBA. Free.

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Who Wants to be Lead?

by lisa on October 7, 2014

“You can’t lead people who don’t want to be lead,” was quoted about Chief Justice John Roberts on NPR. I was reminded of a young non-profit leader struggling with some of the staff he inherited from a predecessor who had a hands off style and tended to hire lone wolves. My young client is a […]

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Cultivating Your Fundraising Team

by lisa on September 26, 2014

This panel discussion will explore how to create and nourish a successful fundraising team – staff and board. Panelists will offer approaches and techniques bases on real experience. Panelists TBA. Registration not yet open.

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Succession Planning for Effective Boards

January 28, 2014

Learn how to approach succession planning to develop every board member as a leader, and create a process that cultivates a deep bench of officers and committee chairs. This workshop will be interactive, providing successful case studies, and practical tools for immediate use.

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Powerful Board Recruitment

January 28, 2014

This seminar is a follow-up to the Succession Planning for Effective Boards workshop on March 11 at the Foundation Center, which is also a seminar pre-requisite. We will look at how to create and engage a rigorous recruitment effort to build a board that is active and committed.

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Unleashing the Fundraising Power of Boards

January 10, 2014

Transform your board from resistant fundraisers into passionate ambassadors who share their commitment to inspire support for your nonprofit. Discover how to initiate dynamic discussion about about fundraising, beginning with recruitment and building to enthusiastic involvement. Takeaways will include practical and inspirational tools for motivation and support, finding your fundraising ambassadors, dos and don’ts for […]

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Meeting Conflict with Compassion

January 7, 2014

How often have you wished you could take back angry words? Or hoped you could find the courage to address conflict with someone? Either way, feelings are often hurt, and relationships harmed – sometimes irreparably. We’ll engage the nature of conflict in this three hour workshop, looking at its causes, and exploring how to meet […]

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It’s Always About Leadership

December 30, 2013

This is a tale of two non-profit boards of directors. Members of both want to create a culture of commitment, accountability, and follow-through. One remains stuck, and the other is engaged in a creative and dynamic process of culture change. Can you guess the difference? Leadership. The second board is led by a chair who […]

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