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Board Chair / Executive Director Relationship: Build the social capital you need to become a leading pair.
The nature of the relationship between the leadership staff and the Board of Directors is the barometer for your nonprofit’s effectiveness to deliver on its mission and raise funds for your mission. The ideal environment in which your nonprofit can thrive will in large part be related to the nature of the relationship between the Board and Leadership staff.

This relationship is one of the most complex, often messy relationships on the planet! Communication skills are hampered by the often-awkward relationship between the board chair and executive director. It can be awkward because the Executive Director is often told they must educate their board on the board’s roles, especially when it comes to fundraising. However, and in fact, the board is in the legal position of “boss” to the Executive Director. In my 30+ years of involvement in the nonprofit world as both a board member and executive director I can attest to boards becoming defensive when being “educated” by their staff.

In this webinar you will learn:

- A model of communication specifically designed for the Board Chair / Executive Director relationship
- A sample set of Communication Guidelines for all internal communications
- Learn why Fiduciary Duties have been translated into Board Roles & Responsibilities and what the Franciscan Friars of the 1400’s had to do with it!
- How to “Call a Learning Circle” for board roles that does not thrust anyone into “educator role.”

This webinar will be recorded for future viewing. If you can't make it, go ahead and register anyway. You'll receive the recording a little later.


Feb 3, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nancy Manning
Nancy Manning, JD, founder of Power Your Mission, is an attorney, mediator, trainer, facilitator, and consultant. Nancy owned the Law Office of Nancy Manning for 25 years, with a primary focus of serving indigent Native Americans in Rapid City, SD, while also serving on 3 nonprofit boards. Nancy founded the first mediation practice & training center in Rapid City providing facilitation & conflict resolution for individuals, cities, hospitals, schools, & the Army Corps of Engineers. After moving to Austin, Texas she began managing nonprofits. As the Executive Director of a conservation nonprofit, she led efforts to develop & implement a 7-year outreach initiative to engage an ethnically diverse community in conserving a 10-acre habitat in Austin. She was recognized for Innovative Environmental Leadership for this project; one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2011 Audubon / Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow. Nancy founded Power Your Mission in 2014 & Austin Nonprofit Meetup in 2018.
Steven Shattuck
Host @Bloomerang