11th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium

CommonSense Governance

January 8 - 10, 2015

Governance is the actions of a legally constituted board of directors who together advance their cause with oversight, foresight and insight on behalf of the community and for the common good.
- Liz Shear, The Kaleidoscope of Governance

Common sense weaves together our logic, insight, ethics and more to produce prudent and sound judgment. It is exactly what we want when governing.  With common sense we become the exceptional board our organizations need us to be “effectively advancing our cause with oversight, foresight and insight.” Without it, we make imprudent decisions and we shortchange our cause.

Commons sense is our understanding of how our cause is part of our broad community purpose and collective responsibility. It is our organization embedded in the community context where we govern “on behalf of the community and for the common good.”  With it our sector is a powerhouse, weaving together a healthier and richer community tapestry.  Without it, we lose sight of our actual interdependence with stakeholders and the community-at-large and we put our organizations at risk.

If we want exceptional governance, then we need to pay attention to knowledge, methods, tools and relationships that encourage and support it. In other words, we need both individual common and collective commons sense.

This year’s symposium is a tribute to these strengths that have made our sector such a driving force. Its 45 workshops, seminars and lectures explore internal and external strategies, systems, methods, best practices and successful examples. We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance.

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2015 Symposium Sponsors

Friday Breakfast Sponsor

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Friday Lunch Sponsor


Signature Sponsors

Moss Adams Logo  AKT Logo

WellsFargo Logo     SDGE Logo


Lead Sponsor

Rancho Santa Fe   

For Purpose Law Group 

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Supporting Sponsors

YH Advisors Logo    Jewish Community Foundation Friday Only

PolitoEppichLogo  SonnenbergLogo Cox Communications

Mission Edge SD  ESP Accounting


Participating Sponsor

YNPN San Diego

Promotional Sponsors

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Pat Libby
2014 Nonprofit Governance Symposium Friday Keynote Speaker