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Building A Good Board. Co-Presenters Arts & Business Council of New York The Junior League of New York City (NYJL) VCG boardnetUSA. Agenda & Goals. Introductions & Quiz: Who’s here? Identifying Board Candidates Fran Smyth, Arts & Business Council

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Co-Presenters

Arts & Business Council of New York

The Junior League of New York City (NYJL)

VCG boardnetUSA


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Agenda & Goals

Introductions & Quiz: Who’s here?

Identifying Board Candidates

Fran Smyth, Arts & Business Council

Training Your Volunteers About Board Service

Christine Drinan, NYJL

Matching Board Candidates & Boards

David LaGreca, VCG boardnetUSA

Continued Training for Your Board

Christine Drinan, Sandra Eberhard, Gena Lovett, Fran Smyth

David LaGreca, Moderator

Q & A



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Identifying Board CandidatesBuilding A Good Board

Overall Board Composition

Board Inventory – by skills

Members with special claims on board membership – descendants of founders for example

Diversity of backgrounds and views

How many members?


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Identifying Board CandidatesBuilding A Good Board

Overall Board Composition

Board Inventory – by skills

Members with special claims on board membership – descendants of founders for example

Diversity of backgrounds and views

How many members?


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Identifying Board CandidatesCharacteristics

Above all devotion to the cause

Prudence

Enthusiasm and energy

Respect for others

Honesty

Flexibility but strength of conviction


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Identifying Board CandidatesWhere to find Board Candidates

Personal recommendations

Your supporter pool including corporate funders

Local organizations with board programs

Web sites


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Identifying Board CandidatesHow to Approach Candidates

Begin with the key decisions

Create an information packet

Assemble a candidate pool

Obtain resumes/other background information

Hold small cultivation events – preferably hosted by board members

Consider having candidates serve on board committees prior to being asked to join

Pace your growth – make certain each new member has an experienced board member as a mentor

Thank each candidate whatever you decide

Ancillary boards – advisory, junior – can be very useful



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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Governance – Six Major Roles and Responsibilities

- Strategic Planning

- Financial Management and Oversight

- Legal Responsibilities

- Positioning in the Community

- Board Development

- Board and Executive Director Team


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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Strategic Planning

- Strategic Audit

- Vision

- Mission Statement

- Policies

- Goals

- Objectives/outcomes

- Plan of action

- Evaluation


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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Fundraising

-Why the Board needs to be involved

- Types of Fundraising; Annual Fund,

Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Events

- Sources of support: Foundations,

Government, Individual Giving, Events

- Successful Solicitation


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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Financial Management & Oversight

- Responsibility

- Monitoring Results

- Understanding Financial Statements

- Understanding the Auditor’s Report and

Management Letter

- Key questions to ask


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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Board Development

- Protocol and Etiquette

- Parliamentary Procedure

- Robert’s Rules

- Culture


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Training Your Volunteers about Board Service

Executive Director, Staff and Board Relationship

- Job Description and Expectation of the

Executive Director

- Job Description of the Chairman of the

Board

- Role of the Board

- Interaction



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Matching Board Candidates & BoardsYour board as a “brain trust”

Your board is a diverse collection of expertise & experience—determined by

What “business” your are in

Where you are headed:

Short term — 1-2 years

Long term — 3-5 years

Not a static (“this is what we need”) for all time

Changing, dynamic based on your assessment of the future.


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Matching Board Candidates & BoardsIn your community—where?

Largest employers

Read the local business news in the press

Leadership Programs (Leadership Portland, Leadership RI, etc.)

Community Foundations & United Ways

Civic groups (from Lions to Junior League)

Professional Associations (Black BMA Association, Society of CPA’s, etc.)


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

An online tool www.boardnetUSA.org



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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

Learn About Serving on a Board


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

Complete Your Own Profile


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

3 Quick & Easy Search Tools


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

Search by Name/Zip Code


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

Search by Distance/Zip Code


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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

Board Opening Descriptions



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Matching Board Candidates & Boards

My Boards – Email Management

Send and Receive Messages from Nonprofit Boards


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www.boardnetUSA.org

To experience the site, use:

Candidate SideNonprofit Side

User ID: sample 1 demo-np

Password: candemo1 demoacct1


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