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Board Governance Series: Structure and Committees

What is the Effective Board Governance series?

Nonprofit board members enrich and govern an organization with their personal expertise, conections, and passion for the cause — and yet, they don’t always come to the job with experience in things like nonprofit fundraising or governance. CVNL knows what strong, smart boards looks like— and how critical they are for the health of an organization. Our three-part series on board governance helps organizations diagnose their boards’ needs and equip their board members with the right training and resources to take their leadership to the next level.

We have divided board governance practices into three (3) workshops:  Fundamentals, Structure, and Development.

This series is ideal for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs and nonprofit board members. Board chairs and those serving in an officer position or are thinking of doing so, will find the sessions particularly useful. Workshop 2 - Structures, Committees, and Assessment:

The nonprofit board is essential to making sure that your organization is on track and achieving the greater potential as well as its mission. Without a strong structure, boards can fall prey to a whole host of dysfunctions, not the least of which is wasted time, boring or unfocused meetings, and lack of strategic engagement from the board. Part two of a three-part series, this course will dive deeper into specific structures and assessment practices that strengthen nonprofit boards.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Committees, task teams and advisory council structures and functions
  • Runing productive board meetings
  • Board and Chief Executive Assessment

About Linda: Linda Jacobs has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CVNL since 2002, helping to provide resources and services to help strengthen nonprofits, enhance community leadership, and facilitate volunteerism in Marin and the Bay Area. With 32 years of experience in nonprofit management and her service on many local and national nonprofit boards in all officer positions, Linda know intimately what an effective board really looks like and how to best apply it to the mission of any nonprofit organization. In 2013, she received the "We're All in this Together, Community Building" North Bay Leadership Council Leaders of the North Bay award, and was recognized by the North Bay Business Journal with a Nonprofit Leadership Award. Linda graduated from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organization Management. Learn more about Linda here.