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Conducting a Board Assessment: Pathway to Increased Governance Capacity

For a nonprofit  to succeed, it must have a board that is committed to the organization's mission, possesses substantial leadership skills and expertise, sets policy that guides the nonprofit's work, and evaluates both the organization and itself with an eye toward continuous improvement. One of the most reliable ways the board can strengthen its performance as a governing body is to periodically assess its own performance. This session will provide you with the information, tools and techniques for conducting a board assessment and translating the results into a board improvement action plan.

Topics include:

  • Preparing your board for assessment
  • Profile of an effective board
  • The board development cycle
  • Survey of board assessment tools and approaches
  • Translating assessment results into a board improvement action plan
  • The relationship between board assessment, capacity building and leadership development

Special Features: Attendees will receive a Board Assessment resource manual in advance of the webinar. After the session, they will receive the PowerPoint presentation file used in the webinar, a link to the on-demand recording of the webinar, a collection of 10 sample assessment tools, as well as access to answers to future questions, leads on additional capacity building resources, and more.

Who Should Attend: Board chairs, chairs-elect, executive committee members, executive directors, chairpersons of board nominating, governance, and training and development committees.

Attend As A Team: This webinar can be viewed by several board members from the same organization using one computer making your investment in Conducting a Board Assessment even more cost effective.

Presenter: Frank Martinelli

Presenter Bio: Frank Martinelli, The Center for Public Skills Training

Frank Martinelli is a contributing author of the new book – YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs just published by CharityChannel Press. Frank has over 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 35,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training and consultation.

Frank served as a member of the national faculty of The Learning Institute, a joint venture of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations, PBS, United Way of America, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension designed to deliver training through a range of emerging technologies. The Learning Institute, faculty and partners were the recipient of the American Distance Education Consortium Award for the “Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series”. He has provided training and consultation to over 2000 organizations in the US including Peace Corps, Head Start, The Points of Light Foundation, Association of Volunteer Administration, the American Camping Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Committee, American Lung Association and others. From 1981-1992, Frank served as Coordinator of THE RESOURCE CENTER, a major provider of training to nonprofit groups in southeastern Wisconsin.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an M.S. in Urban Affairs, Frank has done numerous workshops on nonprofit management topics with special emphasis on the leadership roles of the Board of Directors. Frank has written extensively about the management of nonprofit organizations and is a contributing author to the New Directions publication by Jossey-Bass, "Small Nonprofits: Strategies for Fund Raising Success." Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press (June 2013). Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog offering his reflections on strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

He has been trained by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation in the use of the Organizational Self-Assessment Tool. Frank has completed the Advanced Board Consultant Training Program offered by BoardSource. Frank has also completed the Distance Education Professional Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin and is presently developing a number of web-based and other distance learning offerings for nonprofits.

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