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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.

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