How to Sustain a Robust Not-for-Profit During Lean Times? Raise the Bar on Training for Governance in a New Era of Collaboration Says Boardroom Bound® and the Dunham Fund

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The contracting World economy has many not-for-profits one pay cycle away from shutting their doors while others face daily trepidation. Resourceful not-for-profits will not only survive these lean times but position themselves for growth ahead of organizations that are unsure what their next step will be. Preparation for this increasingly challenging environment lies in a new kind of training geared especially for Board Chairs, according to Boardroom Bound®, a 501 (C) (3) national public service known mostly for preparing next-generation independent, diverse business leaders for induction into their national pipeline as future Director Candidates of private and public companies.

How to Use Governance as a Tool for Sustainability

The contracting World economy has many not-for-profits one pay cycle away from shutting their doors while others face daily trepidation. Resourceful not-for-profits will not only survive these lean times but position themselves for growth ahead of organizations that are unsure what their next step will be. Preparation for this increasingly challenging environment lies in a new kind of training geared especially for Board Chairs, according to Boardroom Bound®, a 501 (C) (3) national public service known mostly for preparing next-generation independent, diverse business leaders for induction into their national pipeline as future Director Candidates of private and public companies.

An innovative program customized to meet this need is now possible thanks to a grant from the Aurora, Illinois based Dunham Fund, which supports organizations that work to make the world a safer and more comfortable place in which people can live and prosper. Special consideration is given to organizations that provide education for individuals to attain new heights of leadership and success.

"We approached Dunham because we see a nexus between volunteer and business board service, given that both require governance and the duty of care, despite the different IRS designations," says Boardroom Bound Founder and Board Chair, Linda K. Bolliger. Additionally, this makes not-for-profit board leadership a talent pool well stocked with next generation business leaders, Bolliger says.

"How to Use Governance as a Tool for Sustainability" is not your typical "vanilla" board training session as it is available only to current Board Chairs and Chair-Elects who are positioned to provide visionary leadership -- especially in austere times. "We will be asking them, 'what is your leadership style and what can you do to audit your community and identify other organizations that overlap with your services, with whom you can collaborate? Do you have the strength to take a long hard look at what your options are and what it will take to keep your doors open? Does your organization feature one year board terms? Do you have a chain of past presidents still involved to audit how you are doing with your long-term plan?' If you are at the top of your game in governance, these are just a few of the priority issues you must be addressing," adds Bolliger.

"Having served on many boards I was skeptical about what I could learn in a seminar targeting board chairs like me. I left a changed man and personally thanked the Dunham Fund for bringing the training to our city," said training participant Richard Hawks, Board Chair, Paramount Arts Centre, Aurora, IL. Donna Grimmett, Board Chair, Senior Services Association, Inc., Aurora, IL said, "It was interesting to find what non-profits in Aurora are doing and how we might collaborate."

More about the Board Chair Training

The daylong program was launched on May 22nd at the Dunham Fund office complex, located at 8 E. Galena Boulevard, Suite 202 - Aurora, IL 60506. The training includes the following components:

Time and Topic Outline: 8 am - 5 pm

  •     Overview & Introductory Activities
  •     Re-evaluate Ex/Internal the Chair's Role(s) and Responsibilities
  •     Beyond Governance Basics
  •     Retuning the Chair's Ex/Internal Communications
  •     Chair's Fundraising Advantage in Economic Hard Times
  •     Chair's Action Planning

Pre-seminar work and Post-seminar activities are included as ways to increase participant success with the Boardology™ experience. This includes 2 hours of individualized pre-paid "Momentum" Coaching--per Chair--on any topic from the Topic Outline.

The pilot Boardology™ seminar featured Paul G. Kuchuris, Jr., CEO, The Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence and Facilitator, T. Waldman-Williams, Ph.D., President, TWW Consulting and a national Baldrige and senior leader. Robert Vaughn, CEO, Dunham Fund..

To request a not-for-profit board training for your organization or for more information on other Boardroom Bound® programs and services, e-mail bbinfo@boardroombound.biz or call 309-966-0013. For general information visit http://www.boardroombound.biz.

Contact:
Rachelle Pachtman
212-996-1715

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