Learning Best Practices for Nonprofit Board Membership

Thu Feb 12, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 pm

Cary Memorial Library

Abbie von Schlegell


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Being a member of a nonprofit Board can be daunting. Although there are many good references to help Board members, often times a person’s initiation consists of a heart-felt ask from an organization’s chief executive or another Board member accompanied with accolades of how much you will bring to the table. From there it is a regular challenge to understand the role and expectations of board members and how the board works and makes decisions.

This hands-on workshop is designed to help new and existing board members, senior managers, and staff from organizations of all sizes to understand the infrastructure necessary to have a high functioning board. It will focus on three specific areas:

1) Who do you choose to recruit to your board? The process begins with identifying what skills and expertise is needed, then establishing a procedure for selecting potential board members, and establishing clear expectations from the very first interaction.

2) What are the most important responsibilities of the board? Do board members really have to do fundraising? How do they learn what to do? They are expected to monitor and approve the finances of the organization – what does that really mean?

3) How do you conduct the business of the board? Most boards meet no more than once a month. It seldom provides enough time to delve into the issues and perform due diligence. The most productive boards have an effective committee structure and use those committees to accomplish a significant amount of the work.

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Abbie J. von Schlegell, CFRE has been in the development field for over 40 years, as a consultant with several national firms for half of her career and as a senior development officer with four institutions. She has special expertise in women’s philanthropy. She now heads her own firm, based in the Berkshires.

In 1990 she received the President’s Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in recognition of her service to the profession. Abbie achieved a special distinction in 2012, joining BoardSource as a Senior Governance Consultant.
BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. Through partnerships and alliances with other organizations, BoardSource reaches large numbers of nonprofit leaders and delivers publications and Web-based governance resources for nonprofits of all sizes and mission types.

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