Douglas W. Eberle Board Governance Series

The Douglas W. Eberle Nonprofit Board Governance Series was established in 2008 to strengthen and sustain Not-For-Profit Boards in Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties. NCHS is partnering with The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and United Way to present the education series. The purpose of this program is to build knowledge about responsible oversight and governance, and effective responses to policy and management issues faced by today’s Not-For-Profit volunteer leaders. The continuing education series is designed for, and limited to, Board volunteers and Executive Director teams.

Dates and Topics

February 3rd   Leadership in the Times of Stress

Being a leader in times of stress creates fear, worry, and doubt and we’ve all been under a lot of stress for a long time. Join together with peers for an interactive and engaging discussion about where we are spending our time and energy during this rapidly changing time and how to increase clarity and focus on what matters most.
• What’s been the impact of the stressors of 2020 on each of us?
• What’s happening in our brains as a result of change and stress and what makes sense about how we’ve been feeling about ourselves as leaders
• What is causing you the most stress and how to prioritize what matters while releasing some of those stressors. This session also offers a free leadership assessment tool, which will be completed prior to the session. 

March 3rd  Board Office Liability (and other serious business)

Board members come from all walks of life with varied areas of expertise. Most are asked to join the board because they are passionate about the organization’s mission, or because of connections and resources they want to leverage to benefit the organization’s mission. But too many “leave their brains” at the Boardroom door. The board is ultimately responsible for the legal and financial health of its organization. A board member can be personally liable for his/her inaction. “I didn’t know” is, actually, not a defense! Come learn what questions all board members should be asking and how to fulfill your obligations without micromanaging.

April 7th   CEO Evaluations

The partnership between your nonprofit board and ED/CEO is critical to serving your constituencies and sustaining your organization. Strong relationships are built on shared goals, trust, and communication.  In Charitable Advisors work with dozens of nonprofits each year and workshops with hundreds more, we find that many Board/ED dynamics don’t go far beyond an amicable working relationship and trust that the ED/CEO is doing what is needed.
In this workshop, we will talk about why the ED/CEO Evaluation process feels so awkward and how to make it more effectively support the work of the organization.
• What are you evaluating?
• Why is it uncomfortable?
• What does your ED/CEO need from you?
• What does the board need from the ED/CEO?
Make 2021 the year your board revamps your expectations and performance conversations to applaud successes and jointly address challenges in partnership with your ED/CEO.

May 5th    Board Guide to Financials

In order for a board of directors to be truly effective in their role, they must be knowledgeable and comfortable with finances. Understanding basic financial reports and best practices empowers every member of your board to participate in a meaningful and productive way, launching your organization to the next level.

June 2nd   Results Driven Board Meetings

All meetings are NOT created equal.  We have all been there – the ineffective meeting that produced zero results. Come get the low-down on what all effective meetings should include; how to use meeting time more efficiently and ensure you make progress toward your goals; and ways to minimize disruptive behavior and engage everyone in the decision making.

September 1st   Building a Virtual Culture for Work

In 2020, we were unexpectedly thrust into the world of virtual workplaces. Many organizations continue to embrace the flexibility and convenience of virtual work, but may not have the tools to ensure an efficient and streamlined transition. In this session, learn how to optimize your current workplace to establish a healthy culture to thrive with virtual work.

October 6th  Recruiting and Orienting Board Members

Have you ever said any of the following things when trying to recruit a new board member?
• We promise it won’t take much of your time. We know you are super busy!
• You don’t have to give any money or fundraise if you’re not comfortable with that.
• We’ll take as much of your time as you can spare.
If we’re honest, we’ve all done it. We’ve waited too long to be strategic about board recruitment. We have wonderful people, but we wonder – why can’t we get a quorum? Why isn’t anyone fully engaging? Why aren’t all of our board members donors?
Your mission is WORTHY of full-on engagement from your board and a true commitment of time, effort, and giving! Organizations who prioritize and spend quality time year-round on recruiting strong and engaged board members are generally more successful in fundraising and fulfilling their overall mission objectives.
The good news? There is a way to strategically recruit board members.
There is also a better way to engage and bring your board members into your mission, and it is not a quick 2-hours session of your board manual or policies and procedures. Join us as we teach you how you can build recruiting and orienting board members into your organization’s philanthropic culture.

November 3rd  Today’s Cyberthreats, Nonprofit Impacts, and Practical Solutions

To piggy-back on the September session about embracing a virtual workplace, this session will teach you and your board how to ensure your organization is prepared for business operation in 2021. With more and more sophisticated scammers, your organization and the information you collect – about your staff, your clients, and your donors – is vulnerable. Learn how to take achievable steps to protect your organization and yourselves in this session focusing on cybersecurity.

A special 2021 discount is available for virtual sessions. Cost-$15 per session or $100 for all 8 sessions! Each virtual session is from 11:am-12:30pm. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic session location will be determined 30 days prior to the session date. Sessions with either be in person or virtual.