Pointing in the Right Direction: Stronger Boards, Healthier Organizations, and Fewer Headaches

This webinar, from April 16th, 2014, features Marianne Philbin of Pierce Family Foundation.
This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014


A framework for guiding your board towards the 'right' work and supporting them in more effective ways, this webinar offers some practical tools to strengthen boards so that they can focus on governance and oversight,  become better equipped to understand and set policy, and be responsible for overall organizational health. Please note also,  that for agencies that do not have a board of directors, these ideas can also be applied to oversight or steering committees or advisory boards.


Participants will come away with:

* practical techniques to maximize board effectiveness, while also improving the board experience for board members

* ways to insure that boards focus on the right things, (rather than those that might feel easier or more appealing... !)

* a sample board agenda illustrating a new way of organizing time spent at board meetings

* right from the beginning... a sample board orientation agenda


Marianne Philbin

Executive Director

Pierce Family Foundation

Marianne Philbin is executive director of Pierce Family Foundation and a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in planning, evaluation and organizational development. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and is a frequent trainer on nonprofit management issues. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, she was Development Director for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge; Executive Director of The Chicago Foundation for Women; and Executive Director of The Peace Museum. In addition to her work with foundation and nonprofit clients, she has served as an instructor for the Donors Forum, annually guiding their Institute for New Grantmakers, and has taught classes as a Lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. 

She is co-author with Marcia Festen of  LEVEL BEST: How Smaller Organizations Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results (Wiley & Sons, 2007); and also How Effective Nonprofits Work: A Guide for Donors, Board Members and Foundation Officers, (Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, 2002). She is a contributor to Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (Tufts University Press, August 2005); The Grassroots Fundraising Journal (Chardon Press); and numerous other publications.
Awards include the Beatrice Foundation Award for Excellence in nonprofit management, and the “Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award” from the Women’s Funding Network. Marianne has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Amnesty International USA, Project Exploration, and the Chicago Global Donors Network; she has also been a member of the Governance Committee for the  Center for Victims of Torture.


Our presenter has said that if you have questions on specific resources, please email her at: Marianne Philbin marianne@piercefamilyfoundation.org

Attached resources:

Hallmarks of Effective Boards (Marianne Philbin suggests this as a good beginning place for orientation)

Nonprofit Law – describes Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, Duty of Obedience and the Requirements of Nonprofit Boards

Sample Agenda for Board Meeting  - A sample format to help better engage your board

Sample Board Member Agreement – Outlines board members’ responsibilities to the organization as well as the organization’s responsibilities to the board members

Sample Board Orientation Outline – with notes about purpose of each segment and how your organization might adapt it for your own use 


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