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Ten Proven Practices for Strengthening Your Board of Directors 

For a nonprofit organization 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 organization's work, and evaluates both the nonprofit organization and itself with an eye toward continuous improvement. This fast paced webinar will provide you tools and guidance for implementing some of the best practices and techniques being used today to strengthen the governance capacity of nonprofit boards. Applying these best practices will lead to immediate improvements in your board’s functioning.

Special Features: Attendees will receive a board orientation resource manual in advance of the webinar. After the session, they will receive the PowerPoint presentation file used in the webinar as well as access to answers to future questions, leads on additional capacity building resources, and more.

Who Should Attend: CEO's, executive directors as well as board chairpersons and chairs of board nominating, governance, and training and development committees looking for proven tools and techniques to strengthen the board of directors. Please note: this webinar is not for new board members or individuals who don't have a responsibility for planning board development activities.

Attend As A Team: This webinar can be viewed by several people from the same organization using one computer making your investment in Ten Proven Practices for Strengthening Your Board of Directors  even more cost effective.

Presenter: Frank Martinelli

Session Agenda

The following board development practices will be covered in the webinar:

  • Written individual board and officer role descriptions

  • Alignment of key board processes with strategic plan -- especially board recruitment and committee structure

  • Just-in-time board orientation

  • Effective meetings: use of consent agenda

  • Committee effectiveness

  • Use of organizational dashboards

  • Board leadership succession planning

  • Board self-assessment

  • The governance committee

  • Incorporating strategic deliberation into every board meeting

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 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 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 Milwaukee area.

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 is presently developing 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 nonprofit sector.

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. In 1993, the Wisconsin Association of Nonprofit Organizations established The Frank Martinelli Volunteer Achievement Award. The award recognized excellence in voluntary service to the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin.


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