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Stepping Up To The Plate: Skills To Advance Your Mission: 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

Opening Plenary
Keynote Address
What's Your Score? Making the Opportunity Index Work for You (and Your Community)
Melanie Anderson,
Director of External and Governmental Affairs for Opportunity Nation

Presentation: PowerPoint

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Opportunity in Communities: The Role of the Opportunity Index, Public Policy and Advocacy
The Opportunity Index, developed by Opportunity Nation, measures 16 indicators, scoring all 50 states plus Washington, DC on a scale of 0 to 100 each year. In addition, more than 2,700 counties are graded A through F. In this session you will learn more about the Index's methodology and key findings, geographic trends and how the Index is being used in diverse ways across the country. You will learn the importance of nonprofits engaging in public policy and advocacy and how nonprofits use the Index to engage policymakers and other leaders.
Presenter: Melanie Anderson, Director of External and Government Affairs for Opportunity Nation

Presentation: Not posted yet.

Session B: Sustaining the Pivotal Partnership: The Power of Boards, Chairs, and CEOs Working Together
No one disputes the importance and value of a strong collegial and collaborative relationship between a nonprofit's CEO and its governing board and chair. At its best, this pivotal partnership elicits the best from everyone on behalf of the organization and its success. But what does it take to develop and sustain such a partnership? This highly interactive session will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss insights from both research and practice about the ways that effective executives and board leaders grow and nurture their relationships with each other, including candid discussion about some of the most significant challenges that have the potential to derail this key relationship and how we can minimize or avoid them.
Presenter: David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Presentation: PowerPoint, Handout

Session C: Finding and Using Data to Support Your Advocacy Efforts
This session will help nonprofit professionals find and use data to support their advocacy efforts. Learning and outcome objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to find and identify sources of national, state, and local data that can be utilized to support advocacy efforts.
  • Participants will be aware of how they can use open-source geographic information systems (GIS) to make maps that support case-making and storytelling.
  • Participants will leave with a better understanding of how nonprofits can be and have been successful in incorporating data into outreach materials and advocacy campaigns.

Presenters: Jamie Kleinsorge, Project Director, Nonprofit Missouri

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session D: Hamster Wheels are Exhausting
With 7,846 501(c)(3) organizations in the Kansas City metro area (2016 Kansas City Metro Study by the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership), and an adult population (20 years or older) of 318,138, that's only 40-41 donors per nonprofit, offering a pretty jarring reality of how competitive the field is to first capture donor attention and create donative intent. Add to that the 2017 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Results indicating that as a whole, the sector had a <1% growth in donors in 2016, and that "for every 100 donors gained, 99 were lost through attrition," and thus it is that we sometimes feels like we're operating on a giant hamster wheel. In this 90 minute session on Donor Acquisition, you'll hear:

  • An introduction as to how and why fundraising done well is just like Jerry Seinfeld's latest Netflix show;
  • How to analyze donor markets in the area;
  • Why your "needs" statement should be a STORY statement that is tested amongst your giving constituencies; and
  • How connecting the dots needs to go deeper than "I like puppies, and so do you - therefore you are a logical donor to my agency!"

Presenter: Diane Marty, Founder and Principal, Faire Consulting LLC

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session E: Nonprofit Leadership Communication
The absence of clear communication creates confusion and frustration, which leads to inefficiency, missed opportunities and strained relationships. High-performing leaders understand this and work hard to inspire people in their organization and in the broader community. This interactive session will cover three aspects of leadership communication: People functions, organization functions, and community functions.
Presenter: Dan Prater, Founder and Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Drury University

Presentation: Handout1, Handout2, Handout3, Handout4, Handout5, Handout6

Lunch Plenary
Keynote Presentation
Darwin Pennye, Director of the Kansas City Royals - Urban Youth Academy

Presentation: PowerPoint

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session F: Nonprofit Total Rewards - Competing For Talent
This presentation will define and break-down the concept of total rewards and how nonprofit organizations can manage the mix of total rewards to achieve an overall employment offer that will attract, motivate and retain the necessary talent to power their organization. Learning Outcomes - Provide insight into the total employment costs for nonprofit organizations and how leaders can manage the mix of the various employment elements of to achieve and maintain an employment offer that will allow them to attract, motivate and retain the necessary talent to drive their organization's success.
Presenter: Jon Binder, Senior Consultant & Compensation Practice Leader, OMNI Human Resource Management

Presentation: PowerPoint & Handout {link to attached PDFs}

Session G: How We Do Business: Integrating Collective Impact Into Your Work
Collective Impact has become common language amongst those working to address some of our society's most complex problems. But what is it? How does it work? And what does it have to do with each of us? East Side Aligned is a collective impact movement happening within the Greater East St. Louis area to ensure children and youth are healthy, safe and secure; ready to learn and work; and empowered to create change. Community members work to align policy, practice, and investment across sectors to ensure all children and youth are supported, ready, and well. This session will explore the principles and limitations of Collective Impact theory, the movement that is underway in Greater East St. Louis, and how we can all integrate Collective Impact into how we do business.
Presenter: Hannah Allee, MSW - Systems Specialist, Out-of-School Time, East Side Aligned, United Way of Greater St. Louis

Presentation: PowerPoint & Handout

Session H: Setting your Lineup: "Researching and Cultivating potential grant funding sources"
The session would focus on sources and ways to research and identify grant funders (are you a fit/are you ready?), how to determine if your organization is a fit and how to cultivate/handle relationships with the funder.
Presenter: Julie Assel, President, Assel Consulting

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session I: Take the Hassle Out of Nonprofit Content Development: Proven Strategies, Tips and Shortcuts the Pros Use to Keep Things Fresh
Does it seem like everyone is in on the secret to developing new content for their websites, newsletters and social channels…except you?

Never fear.

The leadership team from M&C will share strategies and tactics for making the most of the content you already have and creatively mining other sources for your communications. Join Merritt Engel, President, and Monica Tiffany, Creative Director, for an interactive and informative session that will demystify the process and help you get your content plan in the best shape ever.

You learn how to:

  • Use the content you already have across a wide range of channels
  • Repurpose content from advocates, allies and other channels to boost your organization and better serve your constituents
  • Build relationships with influencers who can help spread your message
  • Empower your team to help on an individual level
  • Test messages and tactics so you can be sure you're moving in the right direction

This session is filled with real-life examples of what worked well…and what didn't work so well. Whether you're a one-man band or a part of a full-fledged marketing team, you'll come away with practical new ideas you can use immediately.
Presenters: Monica Tiffany, Creative Director of M&C

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session J: All Things Annual - Annual Development Plans, Annual Reports, Annual Retreats, Annual Filings (1099's, 990's) and Budgets
Join the nonprofit experts at SKC for this fun and engaging discussion about all things annual. Nonprofit leaders have many scheduling challenges and this workshop is designed to share at a high level what leaders should have on their radar. The presentation will include time saving strategies to link planning, tracking and reporting as well as new ways to engage board and staff in the process.

Workshop discussion includes:

  • Creating meaningful time and activities for annual board and staff retreats; building blocks to developing and updating goals and priorities
  • Annual Fund Development planning
  • Forms 1099's and 990's,budgets
  • Annual Reports - tying it all together!

Presenters: Christy Cubbage-Rigby, Director of Client Accounting, Support Kansas City; Megan Campbell, Director of Development and Administrative Services, Support Kansas City; and Debra Box, Executive Director, Support Kansas City

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session K: Data's role in your nonprofit storytelling strategy
Big data's value to your marketing strategy is its ability to quickly present your readers with a macro view of the problem you're addressing, of the people you serve and their community and of the impact your nonprofit is making. Effective use of data will make your story far more compelling.

  • Data Discovery- Identifying trends and patterns. How do the trends tie to not just your outcomes but also your needs for the organization?
  • Context is King- Get comfortable with your data. Can you show key pieces of data that will emphasize your successes?
  • The Human Factor- Creating the narrative for your donors and the community. What action do you want your audience to take upon reading your story?

Narrative and data are never as strong apart as they are together. As long as you keep the human element front and center, and the data in a supporting role, there's no reason you can't leverage both to your organization's advantage.
Presenter: Kerri VanMeveren, Founder & CEO, Amazing Traditions, LLC

Presentation: PowerPoint & Handout1 & Handout2

Session L: Winning the Triple Crown: Finance, Programs and Development teaming up to win big.
In this panel discussion, leaders in nonprofit finance, program management and fundraising will discuss how to break down departmental silos and work together for efficient grant management, program implementation, case statements, budget management, individual giving and more. Bring your questions and be ready to share your challenges for discussion!
Presenters: Gina Knapp, Vice President, Finance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis; Michael Lemon, Assistant Director, Center for Public Partnerships & Research, University of Kansas; Monica Enloe, Associate Executive Director, JDRF Greater Kansas City Chapter; and Lyn Lakin, President, Lyn Lakin Consulting

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session M: Problem Solving Through Facilitated Design Thinking
Designing a new program or solving a problem with existing services is best served through a team process. Unfortunately, eliciting contributions from your team can be a challenging, frustrating and time consuming process. Design thinking is one process through which organizations can engage in team problem solving. In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to and practice design thinking methods that aid group decision-making. Each activity will include a facilitator's guide, enabling all participants to leave the session with tools they can apply in their organizations immediately.
Presenter: Scott Helm, Ph.D., Associate Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session N: Content Marketing to Steward & Cultivate Supporters
Content marketing is a strategy to create and distribute relevant and valuable information to attract, acquire and engage a defined audience. This workshop will help attendees understand the basic concepts of this approach to better leverage online and social opportunities to steward and cultivate supporters. Participants will complete the session with a set of tactics that can be used to measure reach and response for future evaluation and planning purposes.
Presenter: Allie Chang Ray, MA, Advocacy Manager, Nonprofit Missouri and Principal & Independent Consultant, Mutare Network, LLC

Presentation: PowerPoint

2017 Governance Conference: The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance (Apr. 27-28, 2017)

Pre-Governance Conference Session: Recruitment, Retention, and Mobilization: Realizing the Potential of a Dynamic Board - A Workshop for Boards Leaders and Executives of Nonprofit Organizations (April 26, 2017)

"Lessons from Across America: Key Insights from the 2017 BoardSource Report, Leading with Intent"
Vernetta Walker, JD, Vice President of Programs and Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
Visit for updates on the BoardSource research.

"Shaking Things Up! Attracting a New Generation of Members and Leaders to Board Service"
David Renz, Ph.D., Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Plenary Addresses

The 2017 "Leading with Intent" governance survey.
Vernetta Walker, BoardSource
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Insights into Transformational Governance
Dr. Beth Gazley, Indiana University
Questions about this presentation contact Beth Gazley at

"Analytic Governance: How nonprofit leaders can use new media to engage more effectively."
Dr. David Karpf, George Washington University

Paper Presentations

What Happens? Examining the Process of Governance:

William Brown, Mark Engle
Factors that Influence Governance Priorities and Needs
[Abstract] (PDF)

David Renz and Lonneke Roza
Governance in Corporate Foundations
[Abstract] (PDF)

Yvonne D. Harrison
Filling the Gap in Nonprofit Technical Capacity to Account for Board Performance: Factors Associated with Intentional Changes in Governance Behavior and Practices following Use of an Online Board Performance Assessment Application
[Abstract] (PDF)

Who Participates? Examining Involvement and Engagement in Governance Processes:

Ruth Bernstein
The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance: Maximizing Nonprofit Board Diversity
[Abstract] (PDF)

Judy Freiwirth
Community Engagement GovernanceTM: An Innovative System-Wide Governance Model for Community Impact: New Findings from a Participatory Action Research Study
[Abstract] (PDF)

Mirae Kim, Shuyang Peng
The Dilemma for Small Human Service Nonprofits: Engagement in Networks and Working with a Limited Number of Salaried Staff
[Abstract] (PDF)

The Basics and Beyond: 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Conference (November 21, 2016)

Keynote Address
Nonprofits, Sustainability and the Meaning of Life
Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & founder of Blue Avocado

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Session A: Understanding and Changing Your Business Model in 60 Minutes
Too often program goals are discussed separately from financial means, although we all know that both must be discussed together. Jan Masaoka will present the methodology for doing so from the book she recently co-authored, Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. The result is a fresh look at choosing the mix of programs, earned income, and donations that will be sustainable for your organization.
Presenter: Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & founder of Blue Avocado

Presentation: PowerPoint; Handout1; Handout2;

Session B: Ready. Aim. Fire. Fundraising
Ready. Aim. Fire. Fundraising: this seems a better approach than ready, fire, aim...right? In this session - a fast-paced, participatory dialog and moderated panel discussion - we'll underscore the why, who, and how of fundraising, along with a sharing of memorable examples, personal experience, best case practices, and handy (impactful!) tools. (That's the "ready, aim"...and here comes the "fire"!) Then a panel will describe their experience with elements of the presentation, sharing live case study examples of the top 3 components to their fundraising success (from the volunteer and staff perspective); a fundraising pitfall (or two) that bedevils their organizations; and wrap up with panelists' best advice.

Emphasis throughout this 2.5 hour session will be placed on:

  • Recognizing the benefits of formalized development & fundraising planning;
  • Working collaboratively with volunteers;
  • Impactful sharing of your agency's unique story; and
  • Case study highlights of fundraising work in successful action.

Presenter: Diane Marty, founder and principal, Faire Consulting LLC & Tim Sweeny, consultant, Praxis Nonprofit Strategies
Panelists: Dean Johnson, executive director, Crossroads Charter Schools; Lisa Mizell, chief executive officer, The Child Protection Center; Tom Minges, Consultant, Church Development; and Sarah Murray, Volunteer, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session C: Policy Advocacy Solutions for Nonprofits
Many nonprofits offering direct services wrestle with the question of whether or not to get involved in policy advocacy work. This interactive workshop utilizes lessons learned by Connections to Success and Nonprofit Missouri in planning, implementing, and evaluating its policy advocacy work. Included in this session are valuable tools for determining if, when, where, and how to start your policy advocacy work; effective messaging, issue framing, and strategies for navigating rough political and social terrain; and how to earn policy victories by leveraging existing resources.
Presenter: Jamie Kleinsorge, Nonprofit Missouri and Napoleon Williams III, director of advocacy, Connections to Success

Presentation: PowerPoint; Handout; Advocacy Lab 1; Advocacy Lab 2; Advocacy Lab 3; Advocacy Lab 4; Advocacy Lab 5; Advocacy Lab 6; Advocacy Lab 7; Advocacy Lab 8

Session E: Leading Amongst Differences: How to lead and influence effectively when challenged with different personality styles
Whether you are in an official position of leading a team, or in an unofficial leadership position of having to lead without authority, one of the greatest challenges in leadership and influence, is knowing how to accommodate various personality styles. This workshop delves into how to capitalize on your understanding of style differences and enhancing your leadership and influencing effectiveness using the SOCIAL STYLE model. This model is a simple, yet compelling and insightful tool to aid on the journey of leadership effectiveness, enhancing communication, inter-personal skills building, and ultimately, organizational performance. Our style impacts both how we communicate as well as how we learn, work, lead and influence
Presenter: Denise McNerney, CEO & President, iBossWell Inc.

Presentation: Handout

Lunch Concurrent Sessions

Session F: Get Your Board Questions Answered
Informal discussion session and Q and A on all things boards and governance.
Presenter: David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Session G: The Attorney General, Nonprofits, And Fundraising Law
The Missouri Attorney General's office shares discusses their mission and oversight responsibilities. Topics covered include the top 10 ways to get investigated, how directors and senior leadership can do their jobs most effectively and how to be in compliance with fundraising laws and remain so.
Presenter: Debra L. Snoke-Adams, Missouri Assistant Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session H: Recruiting Talent? Recognize Value & Right Fit
Whether you are hiring one, or one-hundred employees, this workshop is for you. You will learn to identify the value you are seeking when it comes to recruiting talent (employees and/or volunteers). In addition, you will learn more about the value emerging and mid-career leaders want to add to your organization. Finally, learn to recognize management/leadership gaps and strategize ways to find the right talent fit for your organization.
Presenter: Nicole L. Brueggeman, Washington University, Brown School of Social Work

Presentation: Not posted yet.

Session I: Generation: Give
Understanding Generational Diversity

Every one of us is a product of our generation. How we view the world, our resources, our time, even our view of for-profit and non-profit charitable work is influenced by where and when we grew up. Today's nonprofits benefit from the time and talent of five generations: the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and the up-and-coming iGen. This engaging, hands-on presentation will combine relevant generational diversity research with practical, real-world examples to maximize your donor efforts. Realize how different generations respond to different "asks." Become skilled at the best ways to engage your existing donors and to reach new ones.
Presenter: Jennifer Meehan, executive director, Affton Christian Food Pantry

Presentation: PowerPoint; Handout

Session J: Role of Advocacy and State Associations
Informal discussion session and Q and A about the role of advocacy and state associations.
Presenters: Nonprofit Missouri and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) & Founder of the Blue Avocado

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session K: Courageous Communication: better, bolder branding to get the attention you need
Nonprofits are so afraid of making someone mad or disappointing donors, we tend to not take a stand. This fear of “we don't want to say anything wrong so don't say anything at all” is keeping us from communicating honestly with our supporters. An organization that is confident in its communications will have a specific point of view and stick to it, though praise and criticism. Not that they are immune to feedback, but they take it and make it work for them, without derailing anything. In order to get attention and get and be relevant in today's crowded marketplace, you need to have the courage to have conversations that matter.
Presenter: Maryanne Dersch, Strategist and Resident Extrovert, 501creative

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Session L: Fundraising Topics (Two fundraising sessions for the price of one)
UNMASKING...the "ASK" ...Unveiling the Moral Biography of the Donor
Nonprofits hear over and over about giving strategies, event planning, grant writing, board governance, but very little about unveiling the deepest sensibilities of the giver and their virtual gatekeepers. Donors exist within a 24/7, always connected, 140 characters of texts and symbols environment. Donors have openly rejected the traditional approaches of current fundraising strategies; donors are listening less and questioning more, even when you have something great to share it can be challenging to get beyond their skepticism. Engaging the moral biography of today's donor in our PTE (post trust era) demands a language of trust and significance foremost. Whether you meet face-to-face or on Facebook, where does your soul meet your business plan? Are you a persuader or manipulator? I will present several forward thinking principles on asking the authentic questions to the right person at the right time.
Presenter: Bill Regan, ROI Resources L3C

Presentation: PowerPoint

BIG Events: Low Cost, High Yield Marketing
Being a nonprofit doesn't mean that your events shouldn't be able to make BIG profits. This presentation provides nonprofits with the toolkit it takes to market remarkable events--tools that most people assume are only available to organizations with deep pockets, like radio, TV, billboards, posters, and banner advertisements. Whether trying to build a new event or to take an established event to the next level, using this formula of guerrilla marketing, event planning, and sticky ideas turns nonprofits into highly visible money makers.
Presenter: Rob Blevins, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks/Springfield Sertoma

Presentation: Prezi Presentation

Session M: Cultural Communication
We live and work in a nation of diverse backgrounds. This presents many wonderful opportunities as well as potential clashes for nonprofit organizations. A lack of cultural awareness and sensitivity can quickly lead to ineffective program delivery and damaged relationships with clients, volunteers and supporters. This fun, interactive session examines cross-cultural communication and how leaders can navigate differences to be understanding and inclusive.
Presenter: Dan Prater, founder & director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Drury University

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session N: Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities
Exploring ASU 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities. On August 18th, the FASB released the Accounting Standards Update (ASU) affecting Not-for-Profit financial statements that has been in the works for several years. Join RubinBrown's Not-For-Profit experts as we explore the contents of this Standard which is intended to help not-for-profits simplify and improve the face of the financial statements and enhance the disclosures in the notes, providing more relevant information about their resources (and the changes in those resources) to donors, grantors, creditors, and other users.
Continuing Professional Education offered by RubinBrown for attending this session.
CPE Credit: 2 hours, free of charge. Meeting Type: Seminar. Field of Study: Accounting & Auditing. Level of Knowledge: Basic.
Presenter: Sharon Latimer, CPA, partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and the leader of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice and Colleen McDole, CPA, manager in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group

Presentation: Not posted yet.

Session O: Defining, Measuring, and Improving Impact with Performance Management
In an era of scarce resources and increasing demands for accountability, the ability to articulate, measure, and enhance your organizations'' impact is key to survival. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to an intuitive, six step thought process for designing outcome-focused programs and developing the tools and processes necessary to measure and improve their impact. We'll also discuss the critical role that organizational culture plays in sustaining effectiveness and supporting learning and improvement.
Presenter: Sarah Buek, MSW, LCSW, consultant, Insight Partners Consulting

Presentation: PowerPoint; Handout1; Handout2; Handout3; Handout4

Common Threads: 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Conference (November 23, 2015)

Opening Plenary

Keynote Address
Brigette Rouson,
principal, Rouson Associates

Inclusion: Moving from Intention to Impact
The public interest sector is uniquely positioned to make a difference in individual and collective well-being. What often stands in the way is a silo existence and a habit of resisting change even as we seek it. There is no time like the present to break through and realize our transformative power. Hear one perspective on why now, and how, from a lifer in the nonprofit world.

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Measuring Social Impact: Aligning Strategy and Assessment
The goal of this workshop is for participants to understand how assessment can be seamlessly integrated into strategic goals for the betterment of a nonprofit's mission. Too often nonprofits are placed in the onerous position to develop assessments for grant reporting. This process of the tail wagging the dog suppresses the highest value of assessment, managerial decision making. In this session, participants will be introduced to strategic assessment models that align data collection with the goals of the organization.

Key topics covered in the session include:

  • Understanding the value of data for decision making
  • Aligning data collection with organization goals
  • Designing data collection systems
  • Designing effective surveys
  • Using logic models as a tool for data collection and strategic decision making

The session will be highly engaging with ample opportunities to utilize tools designed to create strategic assessment plans.

Presenter: Scott Helm, associate director, of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, and director of the Executive M.P.A. program at the UMKC Bloch School of Management.

Presentation: Handout1 & Handout2 & PowerPoint

Session B: Building a Culture of Fundraising
Raising more money tops the priority list of almost every nonprofit organization. Barriers exist to engaging board and staff members in fundraising activities; even though research shows that organizations raise more, when the board is actively involved. Smart organizations work to create a "culture of fundraising" where everyone is engaged and organizational systems are established to support donors.

The session will cover:

  • Defining a "Culture of Fundraising"
  • Culture change as it applies to fundraising
  • Overcoming negative attitudes toward fundraising
  • How to maximize board and staff involvement in fundraising
  • The role of the executive and staff
  • Organizational alignment to achieve fundraising success

The session is ideal for agency chief executives and chief development officers.

Presenter: Barry Rosenberg, professor of practice, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Presentation and Handout: PowerPoint & Handout

Session C: Keeping Them in the Game! Strategies for Building and Sustaining Board Member Engagement
One of the most vexing of challenges confronting many nonprofit executives and board leaders is that of getting and keeping their governing board members engaged in the work of the board. This interactive session will share insights and strategies from both colleagues and research on how to effectively build and sustain active board member involvement in the work of the board. It's not rocket science, but it does take some work on our part, and this session will highlight ideas, share strategies, and explore tools that can be used to help us build and sustain productive board member engagement.

Key topics covered in the session include:

  • What does it mean for a board member to be fully engaged?
  • What contributes to strong board member engagement and performance?
  • What are some of the most useful strategies for keeping members engaged?
  • What are some of the most common disablers of member engagement?
  • What have your colleagues tried to enhance engagement and what has worked?

Presenter: David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC

Presentation: Powerpoint

Session D: Nonprofit Success: Achieve Impact through Advocacy
Advocacy is more than lobbying. Measures of a successful nonprofit include one which engages in outreach for its mission and for the issues impacting clients and community. This thought-provoking, skills training workshop is designed to increase understanding of advocacy including lobbying. The program includes specific information about the Missouri legislative process, key relationship building tips, implementation steps and board engagement strategies.

Presenters: D. Scott Penman, principal, Penman & Winton Consulting Group, Barbara Levin, board president, Nonprofit Missouri; coordinator, Alliance for Building Capacity at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and Paul Kincaid, president, Kincaid Communications, LLC

Presentation: PowerPoint1 and PowerPoint2

Session E: Inclusion Makes the World Rebound
Want results? Try a fresh take on exploring cultural dynamics and using a justice/equity lens. Whether you provide social services, advocate for change, build the knowledge base, or use other approaches, it can make all the difference to connect your work to a broader vision of a vibrant society. With that connection in mind, this workshop is designed to power up your work. The emphasis will be on rethinking the connection of mission-to-strategy, and leadership-to-community to better generate and use resources. Through identifying tools for assessment and action planning, participants can expect to leave with practical means of inspiring and working with colleagues to transform practice.

Presenter: Brigette Rouson, principal, Rouson Associates

Presentation and Handout: PowerPoint & Handout

Lunch Plenary

Funders Panel
Brian Fogle, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Ozarks will lead a panel discussion with several regional funding leaders on their perspectives of philanthropic giving trends.

Panelists Include:
Andres M. Dominguez, program officer, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Phillip J. Hanson, president & CEO, Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Lauren Mattleman Hoopes, executive director, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (Tools for Trends in Practice)

Session F: New Standards in Financial Reporting
Join RubinBrown's Not-for-Profit specialists as we discuss the impact of the recently issued FASB exposure draft, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities.

Topics Covered

  • Highlights of the key proposed changes
  • Review of the proposed updated financial statement and footnote presentation format
  • Comments received by the FASB during exposure draft comment period

Presenters: Sharon Latimer, CPA, partner in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group and the leader of RubinBrown's Kansas City Not-for-Profit practice and Colleen McDole, CPA, manager in RubinBrown's Assurance Services Group.

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session G: Non-Profit Compensation - An Oxymoron?
Join the managing principal of OMNI Employment Management Services as he offers perspectives on the following compensation points nonprofit organizations should be paying attention to:

  • Demystifying compensation strategies for non-profit organizations. What's everybody else doing?
  • Compensation & motivation - Where these concepts get disconnected and why.
  • Contracts, commitments, and 'creative compensation' - Where things start to get dangerous.

Presenter: Michael Tracy, managing principal, OMNI Employment Management Services

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session H: Quick and Easy Ways to Ruin (or build) Your Organization's Image
Nonprofit organizations address community needs. To accomplish their missions, they must have the trust and support of community members. It can take years to build that trust, but only seconds to have it ruined.

In this session, you'll learn basic steps organizations of all sizes should be taking to develop and maintain a strong public image with individuals, businesses, and the media.

This session will cover:

  • Shaping and sharpening your message
  • Building credibility
  • Issues management
  • Working with the media

Presenter: Dan Prater, founder & director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Drury University

Presentation: PowerPoint

Session I: Fundraising Planning
The goal of this session is for participants to understand how to engagingly create and communicate a comprehensive and integrated development plan to enhance their current fundraising efforts.

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Analysis of current fundraising metrics and efficiencies;
  • Gift charts to demonstrate the feasibility of current and future fundraising goals;
  • Strategy alignment to near-, medium-, and long-term fundraising goals; and
  • Simple monthly reports to provide updates to your ED and the Board as well as to enhance projection accuracy.

At the conclusion of the session participants will understand how to compile and present an integrated development plan, a social enterprise business plan and a development office business plan to guide their work and effectively demonstrate their efficiency, careful planning and enhanced stewardship to would-be funders.

Note: Topics covered in other sessions will further assist participants in authoring missing elements or enhancing others within their current plan. This session is intentionally designed to leverage content from the full workshop.

Presenter: Diane Marty, founder and principal, Faire Consulting LLC, and adjunct professor in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Division at the Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management.

Presentation: PowerPoint

Closing Session & Next Steps

Mayor Sly James, City of Kansas City, Missouri
David Renz, director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at UMKC, Barbara Levin, board president, Nonprofit Missouri

Presentation: No PowerPoint presentation was used during this session.

Nonprofit Leadership Conference

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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