Critical Conversations on the Future of Nonprofit Governance

Conference Program (Tentative Schedule)


Thursday, April 4, 2013

7:30 a.m. - Noon

Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Networking and Breakfast

Note: Buffet breakfast will be available until 8:30 a.m.

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary

Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly
David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Brent Never, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Plenary Address
"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

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Introductory Dialogue Session

Dialogue sessions have no formal presentations. Rather, they are facilitated discussions on a specific topic among interested participants.

Session A

Group 1 - Scott Helm, Facilitator

Session B

Group 2 - Brent Never, Facilitator

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Plenary

Plenary Address
"Governing Cross-Sector Collaborations: Lessons from Research and Practice."
Melissa Stone, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Paper Sessions

Session C

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)

Session D

Board Performance and Effectiveness

Beth Gazley -
Governance and board performance in membership associations
[Abstract] (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)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Dialogue Sessions

Dialogue sessions have no formal presentations. Rather, they are facilitated discussions on a specific topic among interested participants.

Session F

Nonprofit and Public Sectors: Governance at the Boundaries
What are we learning about important differences and similarities, and what should we be studying as we examine governance at the intersection of public sector and nonprofit sector work? Are there overarching frameworks or models that might be useful to help us understand governance across all sectors and levels? What are the implications of the blurring of the sectors for inclusion, engagement, and the future of both the nonprofit and public sectors?

Session G

Social Enterprise Governance and Entrepreneurial Board Behavior
With the increased attention that is being paid to social entrepreneurship and "blended value" social enterprise, interesting questions emerge about the ways in which governance and board work are similar to or different from that of conventional nonprofits. What are the implications for board-executive relations, for risk management, for decision making, and for accountability? In practice, are boards of social enterprises different? Do they behave differently? Further, as nonprofit and for-profit forms of enterprise continue to blend, what are we learning about social enterprise governance that might help us understand the governance for each? Is there such a thing as socially-entrepreneurial governance?

Session H

A Critical Conversation on Board Development
Board performance remains a perennial complaint of many leaders in the sector, in spite of the fact that a growing number of consultants and academics have focused on understanding and developing boards for more than two decades. What have we really learned? Is there anything new "out there?" What are the most persistent and perplexing challenges confronting boards and those who seek to enhance board capacity and performance?

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Join your conference colleagues and Kansas City nonprofit leaders for informal conversation and hors d'oeuvres.

7:00 p.m.

Dinner on your own

(Visit for restaurant ideas)

Friday, April 5, 2013

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management Governance Affinity Group Meeting

7:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Networking and Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Concurrent Paper Sessions

Session I

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)

Session J

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)

Session K

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)

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Dialogue Sessions

Session L

Networks, Hybrid Structures and Innovations in Governance
New and unique forms of organization and organized action are being developed, including various forms of networks and other distributed systems of service delivery, and there are many questions about how these evolving forms of organization are being led and governed. A special area of interest is the changing nature of social movement networks.

Session M

Emerging Information Technologies and Governance: Promise or Peril?
How are emerging technologies and information system advances affecting governance systems and practices, the ways they work, and who participates and how? Are social media and social networking technologies changing (or going to change) the dynamics of governance and who participates? What are the short-and long-term effects of new technology on key governance functions?

Session N

A Critical Conversation About Diversity, Inclusion, and Exclusion
Board diversity is a perennial topic of discussion among both practitioners and researchers, and many initiatives have been implemented to broaden inclusion and engagement, yet recent statistics suggest that very little is changing in the board world. What are we learning about the implications of implementing more or less inclusive governance arrangements and systems in place? What actors in and around nonprofits have the power to influence governance and decision making, and with what consequences? Who really governs and how?

Noon - 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Session

Luncheon Dialogue Session

Setting the Agenda: Planning for the Future of Research on Nonprofit Boards and Governance
What do we know, what don't we know, and where should we be going with our next generation of research as we continue to study the world of nonprofit boards and governance? What is next as we continue to work to understand and develop the boards of the future? What research models and methods are likely to be well-suited to the next generation of governance research? This session will provide an opportunity for all conference participants to share their ideas, discuss options, and collectively identify an agenda for the next generation of nonprofit board and governance research.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Closing Comments

Brent Never, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Ruth McCambridge, The Nonprofit Quarterly
David Renz, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

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