10th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium

Connecting the Dots: The Social Architecture That Undergirds Exceptional Governance

January 10 - 11, 2014

Governance is the process of overseeing and advancing an organization’s cause on behalf of the community and for the common good. A legally constituted board of directors is responsible for this.

Exceptional governance is the process of giving fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership to a nonprofit organization to help it reach its full potential.

Social architecture is the design of an environment that facilitates an organization living its values and achieving that potential.

If we want exceptional governance, then we need to pay attention to the processes, systems, functions, structures, stories and relationships that encourage and support it.

More than 330 participants showed up over two days to learn, network and get reenergized at the 10th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium.

EnteringTheater Classroom Group

This year’s symposium focused on practical and coherent design, best practices and successful examples of exceptional governance. An outstanding group of field experts shared best practices for building and sustaining exceptional governance.  New this year, specialized, intensive group consultation sessions offered board and staff teams of four or more a tailored board development to meet their specific needs.

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Here's what participants of the 10th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium had to say about their experience...

“Outstanding! I have recommended [the symposium] to other boards I serve on and to friends on boards.”

 “[The symposium] was an excellent investment; I've been telling all of my colleagues to attend next year and my board members are telling the other board members the same.”

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"The symposium was really important for the progress in our organization. Thanks all of you for your hard work."

"It was [time] very well spent. Got to connect with some of friends, meet other NP professionals, and become refocused and energized about this amazing San Diego sector."

Hands Up Theater Classroom

"I highly recommend this event to new and seasoned board members. It's interesting, inspiring and validating to learn we share common experience in the nonprofit sector."

"I made new, valuable contacts. I have a new perception of the nonprofit community. I took away practical applications that I will use. I was inspired by the high quality speakers and the rich experience they shared. I will recommend this to my fellow board members of two different organizations."

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Highlights from the Ninth Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium

2014 Symposium Sponsors

Signature Sponsors

Wells Fargo    Moss-Adams LLP    Union Bank    AKT    San Diego Business Journal 

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Lead Sponsors

Rancho Santa Fe Foundation    MGO    The Fieldstone Foundation

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Supporting Sponsors

YH Advisors

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