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SCANPO Announces Series of Board Leadership Summits

Posted By Debbie Nelson, SCANPO, Friday, July 29, 2016
Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016

Hi SCANPO friends,

The hundreds of nonprofits we work with in South Carolina – including you – all have powerful missions, dedicated staff and an engaged Board. Our focus at SCANPO is not only to support the entire sector working together but also to connect and strengthen each individual organization’s relationship between Board and staff.

Later this year, we will roll out a series of Board Leadership Summits in all parts of South Carolina, which are designed to provide learning opportunities and a platform to share experiences to your organization’s leadership. These Summits, for SCANPO members only, are exclusively for Board members and CEOs. They are available in four areas of the state: 

  • Midlands Board Leadership Summit
    • Tuesday, October 11, 2016
    • Location: United Way of the Midlands, 1818 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon 
    • REGISTER NOW  
  • Kershaw County Board Leadership Summit (Tentative)
    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    • Location: Central Carolina Technical College, Kershaw County Campus (1125 Little Street, Camden, SC)
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon 
    • REGISTER NOW
  • Lowcountry Board Leadership Summit
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    • Location: The Citadel, Mark Clark Hall Buyer Auditorium, Charleston, SC
    • Time: 8:00 am - Noon
    • REGISTER NOW
  • Upstate Board Leadership Summit
    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • Location: Furman University, Melvin & Dollie Younts Conference Center
    • Time; 8:00 am - Noon
    • REGISTER NOW

Please visit our Board Leadership Summit page to find out more about each Summit, including a sample agenda and details on registration fees.

SCANPO is dedicated to helping leadership within every organization grow (see our other training opportunities here). We hope your Board and CEO will take the opportunity to strengthen their relationship and in turn, your organization.

Thank you,

Debbie Nelson

Knowledge Network Services

SCANPO


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Strategies for Effective Board Governance

Posted By Rachel Hutchisson, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Blackbaud, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hello, SCANPO friends!

Thanks to those of you who joined Madeleine and me during SCANPO’s Wednesday Webinar as we discussed the role and responsibilities of a Governance Committee and how you can create a great experience for all of your Board members. As Governance Chair of the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) for the last three years and a former SCANPO Board member, I’ve spent a lot of time learning just what makes a successful committee. Below are a few key points from our podcast (which you can listen to here), as well as some helpful CCF and SCANPO resources for your reference.

First of all, what are the primary responsibilities of a Governance Committee? It’s not just about recruitment...

  • Determine how the Board operates – define and frequently review your by-laws.
  • Facilitate Board nominations and orientation – have a written and tested process.
  • Define Board policies – make sure your by-laws are keeping up with the growth of your organization.
  • Outline Committee roles and responsibilities – each Committee needs to know how it helps your organization’s mission, as well as the scope of its power.

Still, recruitment is a very important part of the Governance Committee. How can you make it a successful process?

  • Allocate sufficient time – this can be a year long process.
  • Have prerequisites / requirements for service – and be sure to write them down.
  • Pay attention to recruitment for committees – it’s not just about the overall Board.
  • Have agreed-upon written criteria each year to guide the diversity of your Board.
  • Bring in new members as a “class” once a year – have a well thought-out orientation.

My last big point is crucial for an effective Committee. How can you make the overall Board experience worthwhile?

  • Provide Board mentors – help new members feel welcomed, and utilize the experience of returning ones.
  • Continually check in with new members to see how they’re enjoying the experience.
  • Let Board members sit in on different Committees before deciding which to join.
  • Keep up Board education at every meeting – education should never stop!
  • Have conversations with members before they serve a second term – make it a peer-to-peer experience.
  • Interview members leaving the Board – what did they think of the experience, and how can you improve it for the future?

For some real word examples, check out the Coastal Community Foundation’s Board Member and Governance Committee Responsibilities documents:

You can also view SCANPO’s Board Member Agreement document here. Don’t forget that SCANPO offers its members a free hour of consultation with your Board Chair and CEO/ED.

And finally, your Governance Committee is the backbone to your Board and plays a huge role in successfully reaching your mission. I encourage any one of you interested in being a part of a Governance Committee to take on the challenge! I can tell you it’s a rewarding experience.

Thank you,

Rachel Hutchisson

Vice President, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy

Blackbaud, Inc.

Tags:  Blackbaud  board  Board Governance  coastal community foundation of sc  SCANPO 

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The Role of the Board Chair

Posted By Guest Blog: Ted Legasey, Monday, April 18, 2016

I have had the honor of chairing a number of nonprofit boards and have learned much in the process.  When I step in as chair, I typically write a letter to the board sharing my thoughts on my role as chair. Madeleine thought you might find reading my typical letter helpful.   Ted

Dear Fellow Board Members.Ted Legasey

To help you understand me, let me share a little bit of my philosophy regarding boards. 

My personal view is that a chairperson’s role is as a leader among equals.  A good chairperson should be a facilitator who brings out the best in every board member in building a consensus from what can be very different points of view.   

The chairperson has to be fair to all—a good listener and a good communicator.  A good chairperson should also be open-minded and should encourage all board members to voice their views.  To me this is critical because the whole concept of a board is based on the belief that the best decisions are made after full discussion and debate by people with different types of experiences.  

The chairperson also has to be efficient in running meetings and moving us quickly without discouraging board members from sharing their views.  The chair has to professionally interface with staff and various constituents and reflect the consensus of the entire board—even when it might differ from their own personal view on a matter.   

Also, the chairperson is not the CEO, and should not intrude on the CEO’s responsibilities. Even though the board does have a responsibility for oversight, we must observe a line of demarcation between the responsibilities of the board and those of the CEO. Indeed, if we work well as a board then we will serve as a resource to the CEO that will help enable her or him to be truly successful in carrying out assigned responsibilities.

Personally, my style is to encourage open communication and debate.  I prefer not to spend much time in board meetings on “transactional” matters that can be handled efficiently in advance or outside the meetings, so that we will have a much time as possible for substantive discussion.  You will undoubtedly see me trying to move our meetings in this direction. 

I believe that board committees are very valuable and should do their substantive work in advance of board meetings so that crisp reports can be made to the entire board.  And finally, I encourage each of you to let me know at any time if you have suggestions for better ways to operate as a board.  I look forward to working with all of you to accomplish this organization’s ambitious vision.

 Each of us has agreed to serve on this board and give of our time, talent, and treasure for our own special reasons.  In common, I suspect, is that we share a commitment to the broad mission area in general, and to this organization in particular.  Today, neither is without their fair share of problems.  This means our service can have great value. 

I look forward to working with each of you to ensure this organization achieves its full potential.

Ted Legasey

About the Author


Ted is the board chair of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and a member of the boards of the USAFA Endowment, the Trident United Way (TUW) and the Tri-County Cradle-to-Career Collaborative (TCCC). He is also a member of the TCCC Executive Committee. Ted was a founding member of SVP Charleston, which is a social venture philanthropy organization, and a founder of Book Buddies, which is the predecessor organization of Reading Partners Charleston.

Ted’s passion is helping to bring about fundamental improvement in the public education of children from lower income households, and he is co-chairing the Movement for Effective Schools for All Charleston Children.

Find out about April 22nd Board Leadership Summit. 


 

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SCANPO hosting Summit just for CEOs and Board Members

Posted By SCANPO, Friday, March 25, 2016
Even with over 700 attendees, the 2016 Summit's reach to nonprofit board members was limited. And yet, many of you have asked for us to offer something for board members. We heard you loud and clear! So, here it is.

Our first regional Board Summit will occur on Friday, April 22. And, we're doing it in collaboration with an institution known for creating leaders - The Citadel Foundation.

This Board Leadership Summit is open to board members and CEOs of SCANPO member organizations. Highlights include:
  • Conversation with former Mayor Joe Riley and his sister, Jane Riley-Grambrell, about the Board's role in public-private partnerships;
  • Session on "How Boards Lead Today" with Susan Meier, a national board governance expert;
  • Breakout conversations that build upon popular Summit sessions.

 

SCHEDULE

8:30 – 9:00  Registration for Chairs and CEOs

  • Light Breakfast and Networking 

9:00 - 10:45 Opening Session: Chair and CEO Conversations

  • Susan Meier, Meier and Associates & Senior Governance Consultant Board/Source
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood – Chair Ted Legasey and CEO Sherrie Snipes-Williams
  • Charleston Regional Arts Alliance – Chair Lenna Macdonald and CEO Mike Gibons

 10:30 – 11:00  Registration

Additional board members arrive and register. Networking in lobby.

 11:00  - 12:00  A Conversation About Public Private Partnerships

  • Jane Riley-Gambrell, Executive Director of Communities in Schools (CIS) of Charleston will interview her brother and former Mayor of Charleston, Joe Riley.

 12:00  - Box lunch  

12:15  – 1:15   How Boards Lead Today....By Anticipating and Shaping Tomorrow

  • Susan Meier, Meier and Associates & Senior Governance Consultant Board/Source

1:15 – 2:55  Lead and Learn Discussions led by nonprofit leaders and business partner experts.  Participants will select two 40-minute sessions. 

 2:55 – 3:25   Lead and Learn Wrap Up and Group Discussion  

3:25   Summit Adjourns

3:45   Corps of Cadets Parade 

4:30 – 6:30  SCANPO Spring Member Gathering 

Open to nonprofit leaders from across the region!

The Citadel's Club Lounge (68 Haygood Avenue) overlooking the Johnson Hagood Stadium ** RSVP to laura@scanpo.org

 

Please Note Different Arrival Times:

  • Board Chairs and CEOs / 8:30 – 9:00
  • Other Board Members / 10:30 – 11:00

Find Out More and Register

Tags:  Board Governance  Board Training  Joe Riley  The Citadel Foundation 

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