I just spent six months with some great people. Well, technically, it was only six evenings but they were memorable. I’m talking about the DSAIA Board Development Series. It ended last night with Jane Page-Steiner’s Strategic Planning session. After 9 hours of training from nonprofit professionals, what did we learn?
1. Board members may feel that they are often under-utilized, over-worked, and that their responsibilities don't match what they thought they were to do.
2. Board orientation is best conducted within two months of recruiting a board member.
3. The role of the board chair in fundraising is to create and support a “culture of fundraising”.
4. When a board member engages in the tactical day-to-day work of the non-profit (i.e. planning a walk, delivering a program, etc.), that board member is not serving in that moment as board member. Instead, she or he is a normal volunteer and under the supervision of the Executive Director if there is one.
5. Finance, Governance and Executive Committees are the most common found in nonprofits.
6. A strategic plan can help an organization stay focused and on a common plan. Some funders often require it now for funding requests.
And that, of course, is the tip of the iceberg. In all, 127 DSAIA members enrolled in the training. Those who have completed the full training and their worksheets from each session will receive a Certificate of Completion in Board Development from Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action. For those who did not enroll or who did not attend each session? In less than a week, all sessions will be available for ALL of our affiliates in the webinar archive. While the DSAIA board catches up, I encourage your organization’s board (and staff) to take advantage of this resource as well.
The six session topics are:
Board Development 101
Fundraising and Your Board
What is the Role of Your Board?
Shared Responsibility and Accountability
Strategic Planning with Your Board
So, in the words of one of my favorite Texans, “turn out the lights…the party’s over.” Thanks, Willie, but we’re going to continue to give our members access to some of the best series out there (think Grantwriting!) and remind them to get in there and enjoy an hour or so of great information and training WHEN and WHERE they can! If your organization is a member of DSAIA and you would like to view this series, please contact us for more information at 701.425.7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org today!