Webinar: How We Did It

Webinar: How We Did It2017-06-10T17:41:17-04:00

An ED / Board Chair Duo Share Lessons, Confessions, and Tools to Fix What Ails Your Board

Susan Schaefer

When: Thursday, October 29th, 2015 – 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

Boards that are engaged and effective are critical to sustainable organizations. Yes, good ones really do help take their organizations to the next level. In this fast-paced webinar, we will focus on what is feasible, how long progress will take, and who is responsible for each step. Candor will be our guiding principle. We’ll also touch on the issues that vex boards the most and offer practical solutions.

The session will be led by a former ED and board chair who worked through these very issues together—and are still talking to each other!

Learning objectives:

  • Basic board member responsibilities
  • Board meeting best practices
  • Recruitment basics
  • The importance of board culture
  • The need for thorough board member training

Time will be given for a lively Q&A session.

This presentation will be recorded for future viewing.

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About the presenters:

Susan Schaefer is a consultant, writer, and speaker. Her practical approach to fundraising and board development has made her a frequent presenter at conferences and in classrooms, including a course she teaches at Johns Hopkins University. In 2001, Susan founded Resource Partners LLC (www.ResourcePartnersOnline.com), which provides professional, ethical, and collaborative fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations. Among the books she has edited is The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook. Susan is an active volunteer, having served as president, development chair, and in multiple other leadership positions on nonprofit boards.

Since 2002, Bob Wittig has been executive director of the Jovid Foundation in Washington, DC. In addition to grantmaking, he has hosted a monthly “Lunch Club” for grantee ED’s and a “Breakfast Club” for grantee board members. He also helped spearhead the effort to develop a co-location of organizations, The Work Place DC (workplacedc.org) , and the development of a shared database system, HIRE DC, to be used by small workforce development organizations to track participant achievements and report collective impact. Bob has served on and provided technical assistance to many nonprofit boards.

Bob and Susan met when Bob became executive director of an adult literacy organization. Susan served on his board and eventually became chair. Yes, they are still talking! Together, they have spent years serving on, coaching and otherwise obsessing about boards.