Governance Out Of The Box – April 20th, 2017

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When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: St. Francis Historic Women’s Club

What: Are you a board member with 3 years or less or seeking board service? Join us for a free dinner and networking event with other nonprofit professionals in a beautiful local space downtown. Conversations on governance topics will be facilitated throughout the catered meal. Stay for the after dinner presentation of an interactive mock board meeting with a focus on Robert’s Rules of Order starring Indiana actors and featuring an original and entertaining script. A success last year, this event is a mix of education, comedy, and socializing. We want you to learn, laugh, and engage!

How: Register HERE

Cost: FREE to you

*Get on Board is a project of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with grant support provided by Foellinger Foundation.

 

Board Boot Camps Spring 2017

Are you a new board member? Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Or curious about how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Sign them up for Board Boot Camp or Board Boot Camp 2.0 today!

Who?

Board Boot Camp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with one year or less board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them.

Get on Board Logo Horizontal RGB-01Board Boot Camp 2.0 (prerequisite Board Boot Camp) is for emerging leaders who  one year or more experience on a committee or board.

What? 

Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Boot Camp, introducing: basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities of a board member, how to find a fit with an organization

Attendees in Board Boot Camp 2.0 will learn more about the responsibilities of serving on a board. Specifically this program will go in depth on finance and strategy. Facilitators Mike Stone and Erin Whittle will lead participants in engaging programmatic and financial case studies.

When?

Board Boot Camp Saturday March 11, 2017 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Click here to register.

Board Boot Camp 2.0 Saturday April 22nd 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Registration opens in March.

Where?

Allen County Public Library, Main Globe Room (March 11th) and Meeting Room C (April 22nd)

Details?

Program costs $15. Can be paid in cash or check.  Due by the event date. Payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. Drop off payment at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center or mail to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

March 2016 Get on Board Programs

Get on Board Logo Vertical Alternate RGB-01-01We invite you to take out your calendar and mark down some dates for upcoming Get on Board programs.

Tuesday March 8 from 5 pm – 7 pm is Governance by the Glass. Join a group of your nonprofit professional peers to discuss governance topics in a social setting. Governance by the Glass will take place at Two EE’s Winery in Huntington, IN. RSVP is required. Click here to register. Program is free to you.

Saturday March 12 from 9 am – 1 pm is Board Boot Camp. This training session is for emerging leaders, new nonprofit board members with two years or less board experience, or anyone who is wondering if board service is right for them. Expert facilitator, Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. explains the basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities as a board member, and how to find an organizational fit. RSVP is required, please click here to enroll.

Tuesday March 29 from 11:30 am – 1 pm is a Stewardship Lunch. Emerging leaders and Foellinger Stewardship Award Nominees/Recipients are invited to meet for lunch. Participating nominees and recipients offer their support through conversation about their board governance and community leadership experience. To RSVP as a nonprofit professional, please email Elise at ealabbas@acpl.info. 

Save the date for two April Get on Board programs – (1) Tuesday April 12 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm for Governance Out of the Box at the ArtsLab Black Box Theater and (2) Thursday April 21 from 4 pm – 6 pm for Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Millennial Board Members at the Allen County Public Library, Main.

 

New Get on Board Programs!

Do you want to take your board service to a new level? If so, we would like to share with you three new Get on Board programs. The programs are: Board Boot Camp 2.0, Governance by the Glass, and Governance Outside the Box. All of these new programs are to keep with our goal to train, connect, and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve.

Get on Board

Board Boot Camp 2.0

Board Boot Camp 2.0 is designed as a deeper dive into the thick of nonprofit governance. The session will begin with an overview of key governance principles, roles and responsibilities. From there, we will highlight two areas of growing significance for nonprofit boards: financial oversight and strategic thinking. The session will culminate in case studies that allow participants to apply the key governance concepts to real world settings.

Board Boot Camp is a prerequisite for the 2.0 course. Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc. and Erin Whittle, Whittle Consulting, LLC will be presenting this workshop.

The first 2.0 class will be offered Saturday February 27, 2016 from 9 am to 1 pm – Allen County Public Library, Main in the Board Room. A second session will be offered later in the year. Register for Board Boot Camp 2.0 by clicking here. Cost is $15 and due by February 27th.

Governance by the Glass

Governance by the Glass is an early evening gathering for educational conversations with peers. Foellinger Foundation’s Stewardship Award Nominees, board members, emerging leaders, and nonprofit professionals will have the opportunity to connect and discuss governance topics in a social setting.

First Governance by the Glass is scheduled for March 8, 2016. RSVP information and more details will be available next month.

Governance Outside the Box

Governance Outside the Box is an interactive training session and networking evening event. Discuss a governance topic over dinner with your peers and stay for a scripted mock board meeting to highlight issues that arise in meetings and how to overcome those common subjects. The Get on Board Committee is partnering with YLNI, Arts United, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Foellinger Stewardship Award Nominees.

Save the date for this event – April 12th at the Arts Lab Black Box Theater. RSVP information and more details will be available soon!

Reflections on BLF14: Post #16 – Celebration and Communion

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Lettie Haver, as the new Land Trust community outreach specialist will spread the word about ACRES.

This is the final Reflections on BLF14 post and it has been submitted  by Lettie Haver. The PCNRC is proud to say Lettie was employed by the Allen County Public Library at the time; was the co-chair of Get on Board and was one of the people instrumental in the success of the project and the extraordinary opportunity to showcase our community’s efforts in engaging emerging leaders at BoardSource Board Leadership Forum 2014.

As the then co-chair of the Get on Board committee, I feel the most significant takeaway from our conference travels came from our time together without an agenda, and in an altogether new environment.

Traveling half-way across the country brought us all out of our shell, into a space of relying on each others’ natural strengths, caring for each other, communicating through challenges, breaking bread together, discovering more about each other, and seeing the world through new eyes.

By the time I drove the Get on Board team home from the Indianapolis airport at 1:00 am on a Saturday morning, pop music blasting to keep me alert on the road, we had spent countless hours, days and nights, supporting each other and sharing new experiences in new settings.

We were shaken from our individual and group norms.

I learned to take myself a little less seriously, to ease up, if just a little, on the stress I placed on achieving Get on Board’s goals. My team showed me how to play, to laugh, and enjoy each others company.

Good leaders know that how well their people work together depends on celebrating wins, building teams and developing relationships. Great leaders invest energy in connecting deeply.

Our leaders understood that attending Board Leadership Forum would translate to many community gifts. Twenty years from now, I wonder how this group of people will move through our cities and towns. How will our connection play out?

As you know from reading this series, our shared experience of participating in Board Leadership Forum offered many practical, tangible skills and knowledge.

I posit that the greatest value is in the hearts of the six folks pictured here: we connected. You cannot ask for better in community work, in life. I am grateful.

Reflections on BLF14: Post #15 – The Founder’s Journey

Reflection on 2014 Board Leadership Forum, this is the second review submitted by Kent Castleman.

Attending the Big Leadership Forum by BoardSource was a great experience for me as a non-profit executive director, founder, board member and Get on Board Committee Member.

We are very blessed to have the level of training and non-profit board governance we have in Fort Wayne and Allen County which has been led by the Foellinger Foundation, but supported and embraced by many other funders and supporters.

GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn.
GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn. Kent Castleman is on the far left.

The session called the Founder’s Journey dealt with situational case studies and fictional scenarios you could use for board development activities.

All of these situations led to discussion on the role of the CEO/Executive Director as a founder.

The presenters also discussed Legacy Visioning Strategies that help in facilitating a conversation around the legacy of the organization and the legacy of the founder.

The following are points that I documented as questions to ask in an organization where the founder is still present:

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Reflections on BLF14: Post #14 – Governance By Design

Reflection on 2014 Board Leadership Forum, is the first of two reviews submitted by Kent Castleman. The session on executive transition was also reviewed by Carrie Minnich.

Attending the Big Leadership Forum by BoardSource was a great experience for me as a non-profit executive director, founder, board member and Get on Board Committee Member.

We are very blessed to have the level of training and non-profit board governance we have in Fort Wayne and Allen County which has been led by the Foellinger Foundation, but supported and embraced by many other funders and supporters.

GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn.
GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn. Kent Castleman is on the far left.

The theme of the conference was Governance By Design which allowed for an overwhelming focus throughout the conference on being intentional about nonprofit engagement and intentional about your role as a board member/leader.

So many times people are asked to be on a board without doing their own homework to understand the culture and environment of that board or organization. The conference speakers focused on this point throughout the conference….. “Intentionality leads to success. “

Leadership Transition and Succession…

As the founder and Executive Director of the Cornerstone Youth Center serving youth in Southeast Allen County, I have many worries when it comes to the time I might move on past Cornerstone.So I spent several of my workshop sessions reviewing leadership transition and succession planning. Continue reading