According to a 2011 survey
of regional and national studies concerning challenges facing
nonprofits, building an active and strategically oriented board of
directors was the most frequent concern. For a nonprofit to succeed, it
must have a board that is passionately committed to the mission,
possesses substantial leadership skills and expertise, and is organized
for strategic leadership. Nothing less will do at a time when boards are
facing the challenges of building long-term financial sustainability,
weighing strategic restructuring options, planning for board leader
succession, and increasing the impact of the nonprofit advocacy and
public policy efforts. This fast paced webinar offers you a set of
proven practices and techniques being used today to strengthen the
governance capacity of nonprofit boards. Applying these proven practices
will lead to immediate improvements in your board’s functioning
In advance, attendees will receive a collection of tools to support
implementation of the board building practices presented in the webinar
including sample board assessment instruments, a board leader succession
planning toolkit, and more. After the session, they will receive the
PowerPoint presentation file used in the webinar for use “backhome” as
well as access to answers to future questions, leads on additional
capacity building resources, and more.
Who Should Attend: Nonprofit leaders
including board chairpersons and chairs of board nominating, governance,
and training and development committees as well as CEOs, executive
directors, and administrators looking for proven tools and techniques to
strengthen the board of directors.
Attend As A Team: This webinar can be viewed by several
people from the same organization using one computer making your time
investment in Positioning Your Board for Strategic Leadership even more
Presenter: Frank Martinelli
Date: To be announced.
Time: To be announced.
Introductory Price: $69
The following board development practices will be
covered in the webinar:
- Ten competencies of strategic board leadership
- The governance committee as the leader in positioning your board
for strategic leadership
- Aligning board recruitment with your strategic plan
- Incorporating strategic deliberation into every board meeting
- Utilizing board committees as "powerful engines of governance"
- Building a board leadership talent pipeline to assure long term
- Turning proven practices into a concrete implementation plan
that results in real change
Presenter Bio: Frank Martinelli, The Center
for Public Skills Training
Frank Martinelli 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,
volunteer management, and community partnership and alliance building.
Since 1976 over 25,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer
leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training
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 2000 Award for the “Certificate
of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series”.
He has provided training and consultation to over 1800 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 the Greater
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 involvement 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." 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, formerly known as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards.
Frank has recently completed the Distance Education Professional
Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin
and has developed a number of web-based and other distance learning
offerings for nonprofits. Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking
and Planning Blog offering his reflections on strategic planning in the
Frank served as a community organizer for the Citizen Action Program
(CAP) in Chicago and as a founding organizer and staff director of the
Milwaukee Alliance of Concerned Citizens. He also served as Senior
Training Consultant to ACTION/VISTA from 1977 to 1981.In addition to his
professional work, since high school days, Frank has played key roles in
founding and leading a number of nonprofit organizations.