Conference Archive

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Past Conferences

Complications and Conundrums: The New Era of Research on Nonprofit Governance and the Work of Boards (April 23-24, 2015)

Local Governance Workshop (April 22, 2015): Growing Strong Boards for a New Era

"Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices"
Vernetta Walker, JD, Vice President of Programs and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
[Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices Report (January 2015)]

"Overcoming the Issues that Challenge the Effectiveness of Nonprofit Boards of Directors"
Yvonne Harrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, State University of New York - Albany
[Guidelines for Improving the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations promo flyer]

"Strategies for Strengthening Your Board: Growing A Culture of Effectiveness"
David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Plenary Addresses

"Fast Forward: Building Out from BoardSource's Leading with Intent Survey Findings"
Vernetta Walker, Vice President and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
[Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices Report (January 2015)]

"Staying Alive and Staying Free: The Challenges of Nonprofit Governance in South Africa."
Christopher Tapscott, School of Government, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Paper Presentations

Max Freund
Governance Mental Models: Board member interpretation and decision making on strategic challenges

Fredrik Andersson, Avery Edenfield
Expanding Nonprofit Governance Research: Linking Actor-Network Theory with the Dominant Coalitions Perspective
[Presentation] / [Paper]

Skylar Rolf
Founder-CEO & Board of Director Influence on Nonprofit Organizational Performance

Yvonne Harrison
How Do Boards Make Decisions About Changing Their Governance Practices? Data From a Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Performance Assessment on Nonprofit Board Governance Effectiveness

Douglas Ihrke, Nathan Grasse, E. Grant MacDonald
Board Development Practices on Wisconsin and Nova Scotia Boards: Is There a Difference?

Memo Diriker, Mark Edney, Kathleen Momme
From Data to Results: Can Current and Future Nonprofit Governance Research be Successfully Translated into Managerial Action in Nonprofit Organizations?

Michael Ford, Douglas Ihrke
Active Charter School Board Member Governance and Performance: Perceptions and Reality
[Presentation] / [Paper]

Judy Freiwirth, Mary Hiland, Mike Burns, Gayle Gifford, Debra Beck
Perspectives on Board Chairs: How they Prepare for and Perceive their Role in Relation to the Board, Community, and CEO

Mirae Kim, Sheela Pandey, Sanjay K. Pandey
Does Mission Matter for Social Enterprise? A Study of US Arts and Culture Organizations
[Presentation] / [Paper]

Charles M. Gray
Mission, Strategy, and Impact Assessment: The Welfare Economics of Governance

Kathleen Garman, John Tyler, Evan Absher, Anthony Luppino
Threat, Opportunity, Neither or Both? Why Those Who Govern Nonprofits Need to Understand Hybrid Forms and What They Need to Understand About Them

Melissa M. Stone, Francie Ostrower
Researching Organizational Governance in the Context of Hybridity: Critical Questions and Promising Approaches

Judith L. Millesen
A Group Dynamics Approach to Understanding Governance in Multi-Organizational Alliances

Nonprofit Success: Leading in a Dynamic Landscape - 2014 Nonprofit Leadership Conference (November 13, 2014)

Opening Plenary

Keynote Address "The Dynamic Landscape"
Tim Delaney, president and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
Observations by: Mary Hinde, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri and Michelle Hogerty, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Greater Kansas City and Wray Clay, vice president, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Presentation: PowerPoint

Morning Concurrent Sessions sponsored by Commerce Bank

Session A: Capitalizing on the Power of an Engaged Board
Board leaders and nonprofit executives alike often lament that nonprofits do not fully engage the members of their boards, much less capitalize on what they bring to the table. How fully engaged is your board? And how well are you capitalizing on the time, talent, and treasure that your board and its members have to offer? This interactive session presents an opportunity to share insights on board engagement and performance and explore the implications of recent research and practice on how effective boards are refining their operations to gain the most from their members.
Presenter: David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC
Presentation: PowerPoint

Session B: Nonprofit Communications
Nonprofit organizations have impact only when people understand the importance of their work - not just what they do, but why they do it. Without a clear, compelling message, organizations get lost in the sea of competitors, missing valuable connections.

In this session, you'll learn the simple steps every organization should take (and ones to avoid) to shape its message and how to use that message to engage and retain donors and volunteers.
Presenter: Dan Prater, founder & director, Center for Nonprofit Communication, Drury University
Presentation: PowerPoint

Session C: Government Contracting: From 30,000 Feet to Your Bottom Line
Is your organization ready to take advantage of the new government grant reforms that will change how governments at all levels - federal, state, and local - treat nonprofit service providers? The OMB Uniform Guidance that goes into effect in December mandates that nonprofits performing work for governments via grants receive reimbursement toward their indirect (overhead) costs when federal discretionary funds are used by governments at all levels. Tim Delaney will discuss the advocacy strategies that created this significant policy shift, and share what you can do to protect it, take advantage of it, and both improve your relationships with governments and strengthen your bottom line.
Presenter: Tim Delaney, president and CEO, National Council of Nonprofits
Presentation: PowerPoint

Additional Resources:

Session D: Effective Financial Leadership
Nonprofit boards and executives know well the demand that boards exercise fiduciary oversight and ensure financial accountability. Surprising as some find it, however, there is an even more important financial role for the board, that of financial leadership! More significant to enabling organizational success than monitoring and oversight, financial leadership is the collaborative process by which a board and key executives create the financial model and value proposition that enable the organization to perform at its best. This session will provide a framework and information that executives and board leaders can use to understand the organization's current state of financial development and learn how, working together, the board and executive leadership can work to plan for the organization's next generation of financial sustainability and impact.
Presenter: Lisa A. Gioia, CPA, MPA, provides accounting and tax consulting services exclusively to not-for-profit organizations and Senior Fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Presentation: PowerPoint

Luncheon Plenary

Address by William A. Schambra director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute
Presentation: Nonprofits, Community and the Whole Person

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions sponsored by RubinBrown

Session I: Measuring the Impact
The goal of this workshop is for participants to become familiar with and understand the concept and context of social impact. Participants will also discuss and learn about the utility of various methods and indicators for measuring social impact and be able to communicate their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Presenter: Scott Helm, director of the UMKC Bloch School of Management's Executive MPA program and senior fellow of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Presentation: PowerPoint

Session J: What's Next for Philanthropy? Missouri Funders' Perspectives
Moderator: Brian Fogle, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Ozarks
Panelists: Mary Hinde, CEO of Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri
Gloria Jackson-Leathers, director of the Kansas City Civic Engagement program at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Debbie Wilkerson, president and CEO, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Session K: Advocacy 101: We Can Be Successful!
Learn to maximize the impact of your advocacy efforts. Program includes specific information about the Missouri legislative process and key relationship building and communication strategies.
Presenters: Casey Millburg, Penman & Winton Consulting Group
Paul Kincaid, Kincaid Communications, LLC
Presentation: PowerPoint

Session L: The Affordable Care Act: Updates and Impacts on Missouri
This session will provide an overview on the implementation of the ACA in Missouri. Time will be spent highlighting the impact of the health insurance marketplace and the status of Medicaid expansion in Missouri. Additional information will be offered on the impact of financial and delivery reform of the health system on nonprofits throughout the state.
Presenter: Ryan Barker, vice president of Health Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health
Presentation: PowerPoint

Closing Plenary & Next Steps

Address by Jason Kander, Missouri's Secretary of State
Secretary Kander will be discussing his proposed legislation for Missouri's nonprofit sector.

Barbara Levin, board president, Nonprofit Missouri
David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC
Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Critical Conversations on the Future of Nonprofit Governance (April 4-5, 2013)

Pre-Governance Conference Session: Beyond Fiduciary Oversight: Boards, Governance, and True Financial Leadership (April 3, 2013)

"Beyond Fiduciary Oversight: Financial Leadership Without Micromanagement."
Woods Bowman, Professor Emeritus of DePaul University's Department of Public Affairs and a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC.

Journals Publishing Research on Nonprofit Boards & Governance (PDF)

"Beyond Fiduciary Oversight: Boards, Governance and True Financial Leadership."
Lisa Gioia, CPA, is the principal of her own accounting and consulting firm and a Senior Fellow with the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, where she teaches financial leadership and management workshops.

"The Board and Strategic Financial Leadership."
David Renz, Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC and an experienced nonprofit board and management consultant and researcher.

Plenary Addresses

"Getting A Sense of It All: Key Themes and Insights from the Past Decade of Study on Nonprofit Governance and Boards of Directors."
David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC
Fredrik Andersson, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC
[Presentation] (PDF)

"Governing Cross-Sector Collaborations: Lessons from Research and Practice."
Melissa Stone, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
[Presentation] (PDF)

Introductory Dialogue Session
Facilitated by Scott Helm and Brent Never
[Summary information will be posted soon]

Dialogue Session
Setting the Agenda: Planning for the Future of Research on Nonprofit Boards and Governance

[Summary information will be posted soon]

Paper Presentations

Public-Nonprofit and Cross Boundary Governance
Carrie Duncan & Megan Schoor -

Talking Across Boundaries: Implications for Governance in Distributed Organizations
[Abstract] (PDF)

Angela Eikenberry & Gerard Wellman -
Governing Nonprofits in Network Governance: The Case of Transportation Policy in Omaha, Nebraska
[Abstract] (PDF)

Board Performance and Effectiveness
Beth Gazley -

Governance and board performance in membership associations
[Abstract] (PDF) | [Handout] (PDF)

Yvonne Harrison & Vic Murray -
The Efficacy of Board Performance Self-Assessment Using the Board Effectiveness Survey Application (BESA)
[Abstract] (PDF)

Douglas Ihrke, Grant MacDonald, Barb Duffy & Nathan Grasse -
Examining Nonprofit Executive Director - Board Relations in Two Countries as they Relate to Perceptions of Board Effectiveness: Executive Director Perspectives
[Abstract] (PDF)

Governance, Revenue Models, and Organizing Logics
Fredrik O. Andersson & Jurgen Willems -

Autonomy and entrepreneurship in nonprofit organizations: Research propositions and governance implications
[Abstract] (PDF)

Hana Bor & Sharon Jones-Eversley -
Strengthening Faith-Based Nonprofit-Business Management Skills without Sacrificing Spiritual and Ethical Integrity
[Abstract] (PDF)

Mike Burns -
Nonprofit Social Enterprise and/or Revenue Generating Ventures: Does Governance Matter?
[Paper Overview] (PDF) | [Abstract] (PDF)

Power, Inclusion and Systems of Governance
Carrie Duncan -

Painting the Governance Landscape: Culture and Power at the Public-Nonprofit Intersection
[Abstract] (PDF)

Judy Freiwirth -
Community Engagement Governance - A New System-Wide Governance Model for Community Impact. A Participatory Action Research Study
[Abstract] (PDF)

Kelly Krawczyk & Michelle Wooddell -
Community Ties in Perspective: The Link Between Grantors and Grantees
[Abstract] (PDF)

Board Development
Christine Cugliari & Terrell Hayes -

Board Member Retention: An Examination of Premature Exits in a Constituency Organized Nonprofit Board
[Abstract] (PDF)

Ola Segnestam Larsson & Johan Hvenmark -
The Board Development Conundrum in Local, Democratically Governed, and Membership-based Nonprofit Organizations
[Abstract] (PDF)

The Nonprofit Quarterly - Special Issues on Governance (Winter 2012)

The Nonprofit Quarterly - Archived Trendcast: New Concepts in Governance and How To Use Them (Listen to Ruth McCambridge and David Renz share thinking from the 2013 biannual conference on nonprofit governance)

Boards in Uncertain Times: Exploring the Implications of Financial, Technological and Generational Change for Nonprofit Governance (April 23-24, 2009)

William Brown, Texas A&M University, Power on Nonprofit Boards: Considering the Influence of the Board Chair (PDF)

Yvonne D. Harrison, Seattle University, Chris Cornforth, The Open University, and Vic Murray, University of Victoria, A Comparison of the Role and Impact of Board Chairs in United Kingdom and North American Nonprofit Organizations (PDF)

Salvatore Alaimo, Grand Valley State University, The Board's Role in Program Evaluation Capacity for Nonprofit Human Service Organizations (PDF)

Fredrik O. Andersson, University of Missouri - Kansas City, The Nonprofit Board as an Entrepreneurial Agent: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF)

Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions Associates, Community-Engagement Governance™: A New System-Wide Governance Framework for Community Impact (PDF)

Patricia Bradshaw, York University, Brian Hart, Whitby Mental Health Center, and Glenna Raymond, Whitby Mental Health Centre, Creating Community Governance: A View from the Inside (PDF)

Deborah Balser, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and JoAnn Carmin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Organizational Identity Threats During Leadership Succession (PDF)

Julia E. Classen, University of Minnesota, and Melissa Stone, University of Minnesota, Multi-Generational Governance: Is There Such a Thing? (PDF)

Robert B. Jones, Children's Aid and Family Services, Betsy Vander Velde, The Family Conservancy, Thomas Lengyel, American Humane Association, and Simon Bisson, Starr Commonwealth: A Pathway to Good Governance: Philanthropic Culture and Capacity Building in Local, Community-Based, Family and Child Serving Agencies (PDF)

Nancy T. Kinney, University of Missouri - St. Louis, The Formative Role of Founding Narratives in Community Service Organizations (PDF)

John Pepin, JPA Insight Consulting, Boned Olivier; Hanneke de Bode, John Baker, and Filippo Addarii, Euclid Network: Third Sector Governance and The Obligation of Leadership: Approaches, Issues and Questions for Consideration (PDF)

Networks, Stakeholders and Nonprofit Organization Governance: Whither (Wither?) Boards (April 26-27, 2007)

Stephen R. Block, University of Colorado at Denver - Nonprofit Board Governance: The Relationship Model (PDF)

Patricia Bradshaw, York University - The Dynamics of Nested Governance in Nonprofit Organizations (PDF)

Judy Freiwirth, Nonprofit Solutions Associates, and Maria Elena Letona, Ph.D. - System-Wide Governance: A New Model for Community Empowerment (PDF)

Thomas Jeavons, ARNOVA, and Pamela Leland, University of Delaware - Learning from Failure: Insights from the Life of a Truly Dysfunctional Board (PDF)

Andrew Sparks, University Of Pennsylvania - The Role of Charter School Boards in a Complex Accountability Environment (PDF)

Tao Zhang, and Wei Jie, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade - Current Development and Challenges of Chinese NGOs (PDF)

Tek Nath Dhakal, National Museum of Ethnology - Critical Assessment of Civil Society Governance in Japan and Nepal: A Comparative Study (PDF)

Nancy Kinney, University of Missouri-St. Louis - Boards that count: How board composition relates to resource generation and community representativeness in nonprofit formation. (PDF)

Kelly LeRoux, and Sheri Perry, University of Kansas - The Role of Racial Diversity in Nonprofit Governance: Does a "Representation Mismatch" Influence Stakeholder Orientation? (PDF)

Yvonne Harrison, Seattle University, and Vic Murray, University of Victoria - The Role and Impact of Chairs of Nonprofit Organization Boards of Directors: An Exploratory Study (PDF)

Brian Newton, Case Western Reserve University - Board/CEO Engagement: Bridging the Governance Gap a Qualitative Study of Co-operative Boards and CEOs (PDF)

Stephen Percy, University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Patricia Wyzbinski, Management Cornerstones - Understanding the Governance of Nonprofit Boards of Directors in Metropolitan Milwaukee (PDF)

Judith Millesen, Ohio University - Community Foundations as Philanthropic Catalysts for Change: What's the Board's Role and the Governance Expectations? (PDF)

J. Bart Morrison, Assumption College, and Paul Salipante, Case Western Reserve - Balancing a Neoinstitutional Dilemma: Governing Nonprofit Organizations for Legitimacy and Effectiveness (PDF)

Max Stephenson, and Mary Beth Dunkenberger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Exploring the Rhetorical Foundations of Board Governance: Market-Based Strategies Versus Common Good Claims in Five Nonprofit Organizations (PDF)

Boards and Beyond: Understanding the Changing Realities of Nonprofit Organization Governance (March 31- April 1, 2005)

Stephen R. Block, University of Colorado at Denver - On Nonprofit Board Governance: Do the Heroes Believe in Our Expectations? (PDF)

William A. Brown, Arizona State University - Board Development Practices and High Quality Board Members: Implications for Performance (PDF)

Chris Cornforth, Open University - Developing a 'Government' Strategy for Improving Governance in the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK (PDF)

Michael G. Daigneault, DeLeon & Stang - The Nonprofit Board Secretary: A New Role (PDF)

Mel Gill, Synergy Associates - Prospecting For Practical Methodologies To Examine the Links Between The Performance Of Governing Boards And The Effectiveness Of Their Organizations (PDF)

Owen Heiserman, Mid-Iowa Community Action - Boards Behaving Badly: Observations from the Field (PDF)

Diane J. Johnson, Mmapeu Consulting - The Cultural Conundrum: One Family Foundation's Struggle To "Walk the Talk" In Creating Progressive Social Change & Developing an Inclusive Board & Staff

Pamela Leland, University of Delaware - Faith into Practice: An Exploration into the Board Development Practices of Faith-Based Organizations (PDF)

John E. McClusky, University of Missouri-St. Louis - Conceptualizing Three Functions Of NPO Boards: Rethinking Prescriptions About Board And Staff Roles And Relations

Judith L. Millesen, Ohio University - Maintaining Balance in Complex Environments: Negotiating the Multiple Expectations of Community Foundation Governance

Jill Mordaunt, Open University - The Dilemmas and Paradoxes of User-Led Governance: the Case of the Oak Children's Centre (PDF)

Vic Murray, University of Victoria - Prescriptive And Research Based Approaches To Nonprofit Boards: Linking Parallel Universes (PDF)

Max Stephenson Jr., Elisabeth Chaves, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - The Nature Conservancy, the Press and the Social Construction of Accountability (PDF)

Susan S. Stepleton, St. Louis University - Ultimate Accountability: Nonprofit Boards And Executive Transition (PDF)

Ann Williams, Jean B. Tyler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Continuity and Change: A Case Study of Policy Governance (PDF)

Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness and Performance: Challenges and Advances in Theory and Practice (April 19-20, 2002) (PDF)

A Summary of the Proceedings of the Third Annual Regional Leadership Conference (June 16-17, 2000) (PDF)

A Summary of the Proceedings of the Second Annual Regional Leadership Conference (June 18-19, 1999) (PDF)

A Summary of the Proceedings of the First Annual Regional Leadership Conference (1998) (PDF)

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