11th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium
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.
2015 Symposium Sponsors
Friday Breakfast Sponsor
2014 Nonprofit Governance Symposium Friday Keynote Speaker