Building an Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors

Date: May 24, 2018
Time: 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - River Room
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $80 for nonmembers Register Now!

Your board of directors is a vital key to a well-managed nonprofit. This workshop is designed for both experienced and new executives, staff, board members and volunteers. The topics covered will provide an essential refresher for those more experienced as well as an important orientation for those newer to board development.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of governance roles and responsibilities
  • Running effective board meetings
  • Fiscal oversight
  • Supporting the chief executive officer
  • Ensuring effective planning
  • Ensuring ethical and legal integrity
  • Fundraising
  • Strengthening the board infrastructure

Time will be allotted for work planning and trouble-shooting regarding:

  • Creation of board committees;
  • Creating or revising board member and committee job descriptions;
  • Creating or revising board policies and procedures;
  • Board self-assessment process; and
  • Setting board member expectations.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • GOV 13: Board members are responsible for fully understanding their legal and fiduciary responsibilities and carrying out their duties in the following areas: strategic planning, policy approval and ongoing review, annual review of the executive director’s performance and compensation, succession planning, setting of compensation structure.
  • TRANSPARENCY 2: A nonprofit has an obligation to responsibly use its resources toward its mission and to benefit the community. The organization’s board should approve its financial audits; the executive director and the principal financial manager should attest to the audit’s findings.
  • LEAD 1: Nonprofit leaders should make clear the decision making structures and processes of the organization and its governing body.
  • LEAD 14: Nonprofit leaders should foster a culture of information sharing and interaction between the board and others in the organization so that innovation and creativity can come from diverse parts of the organization.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

Team Registration: This event is perfect for multiple members of your board or staff. Register two people at full price and the third person can join for free. To register the 3rd person, send an email to MCN's program director with the attendee’s name and email.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Karmit BulmanKarmit Bulman has served as an executive director, consultant, facilitator, consultant and turnaround specialist for a variety of organizations. She served as managing attorney and executive director for: The Minnesota Legal Services Coalition, The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Temple Israel, The Conflict Resolution Center and the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration. Karmit is a former adjunct professor of Law at University of Minnesota School of Law and the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of The Conflict Consultant’s Handbook and other legal self-help booklets. Karmit has helped organizations move to the next level of growth for over 30 years. She has a bachelors degree in political science and legal studies from Brandies University and a juris doctor from Northeastern University.

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