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Thursday, January 7th: Pre-Symposium Kaleidoscope Award Tour

See governance as leadership at work with Liz Shear, Governance Symposium director, as we visit two extraordinary Kaleidoscope for Exceptional Governance Awards winners, Voices for Children and Ocean Discovery Institute, for an in-depth conversation with their board and staff leadership.

Ocean Discovery Institute

  • Kurt Gering, Chair
  • Genette McGowan, Vice Chair
  • Chic Dohoney, Treasurer
  • Scott Pearson, Board Member
  • Shara Fisler, Executive Director

Voices for Children

  • David Bialis, Board Chair
  • Rochelle Bold, Esq., Past Chair
  • Dick Pfister, CAIA Board Member
  • Jill Skrezyna, Board Member 
  • Haeyoung Kong Tang, Board Member
  • Sharon M. Lawrence, Esq., President/CEO

Separate registration required. Space is limited.

Friday, January 8th

Presentation of 2015 Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance followed by a frank and open conversation among board members and staff about how they work, what they have learned and what makes them exceptional. Mary McDonald, PhD, development director, Saint Vincent de Paul’s, Father Joe's Villages and Liz Shear, MA, Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance Committee

Morning Seminars, Workshops and Panels

Inside the 2015 Kaleidoscope Award Winning Board: Kids Included Together: Torrie Dunlap, KIT chief executive officer, Scott Tritt, KIT immediate past president, Kelly Alhadeff-Black, KIT 1st vice president, Joseph Hoey, secretary/governance chair, with Edith A. Glassey, MA, CFRE, associate executive director Center for Community Solutions and Janine Mason, MA, executive director, Fieldstone Foundation

Spend some time with the leadership of Kids Included Together and learn how they have created a dynamic board-staff partnership that has led to high-engagement, exponential growth and exceptional governance to support a thriving organization. They will share the tools and techniques they use to stay connected as busy professionals; the architecture, routines and culture that undergird their work and the lessons they have learned along the way.    

Overhead Myths: Laura J. Roos, business assurance partner, Moss Adams LLP
 and guests

Under-investing in administrative overhead often leads to poor performance by nonprofits. Unfortunately, many grantors/funders support organizations with lower overhead ratios and nonprofits contribute to the “overhead myth” by highlighting financial ratios as their core accomplishment. In this session we will: review strategies to communicate with funders the costs of running your organization, discuss how organizations have subsequently improved programmatic work after investing in administration and how to evaluate grantees are they skimping on critical investment areas?

New Laws Affecting Nonprofits: Brian Yacker, JD/CPA, Founder and President, YHA

This presentation will provide valuable updates and summaries regarding new laws, rules, regulations and other guidance affecting all different types of exempt organizations. Additionally, current trends in the exempt organization sector will also be addressed, with a particular focus upon best practice and good governance of exempt organizations. 

Maximizing Human Resources in Your Organization: The Board’s Role: Marjory Kaplan, CEO, San Diego Jewish Community Foundation

Enlightened, effective boards ensure that the organization’s staff is effectively managed, compensated and rewarded. In this session, Marjory Kaplan will share the many positive ways the Jewish Community Foundation board supported her efforts to build a positive workplace culture where highly qualified, motivated and values-driven staff members contribute mightily to the success of the organization.  

The Magic of Dialogue and Inquiry: Zachary Green, PhD, USD faculty and consultant

Dialogue and inquiry are conversational methods that enhance organizational effectiveness. Experience and learn conversational practices that promote effective governance. Learn how you can make the most of your practice by using the latest organizational tools. 

The Continuum of Strategic Alliances: Paul Van Dolah, Van Dolah and Associates

Strategic alliances can be the most logical move for organizations to make in these times of increasingly restricted resources and pressures to increase the overall impact and effectiveness within the broader community. Alliances are not without peril however. Before starting down the road to an alliance it is wise to be well informed of the keys to making them work. This course will help you better understand the forms that strategic alliances can take, the keys to success and lessons learned from the field.

Financial Literacy: Mike Lichtenberger, CBIZ, Andy Maffia, Senior Manager, AKT LLP, and Stacey Bergman, Shareholder, YHA Advisors

The complexity of nonprofit financial management and reporting continues to deepen. Our panel will help you to know what financial information to ask for and how to read it and understand it when you get it. We will also explore what financial polices and practices you need to have in place and what legal responsibilities you are responsible for.  

Is Your Board Ready To Diversify? Jena Olson, Community Promotions Manager, Mainly Mozart

The benefits of diversity to a nonprofit board are tremendous, and many nonprofits understand this: a simple Google search for “how to diversify a nonprofit board” has over 515,000 results. Yet according to the 2012 Nonprofit Governance Index, the diversity of nonprofit boards hasn’t changed much in the past 20 years. Why? Because diversifying your board is about much more than populating your team with a few different faces. It takes careful preparation, commitment and recruitment. You will walk away with an inclusivity assessment tool along with concrete steps to become more inclusive. 

The Insider’s Guide to Succession Planning and Executive Search: Pat Libby, MA, Pat Libby, Consulting, Jane A. Rheinheimer, Esq., Principal, Rheinheimer, Smigliani, Drake APC and USD faculty and Susie Sides, MA, Trustee, San Diego Center for Children

According to a recent survey conducted by the search firm, Nonprofit HR, 2 out of 3 nonprofits operate without a succession plan.   This may be because many board and staff are confused about the key elements of a succession plan and how to advance the idea of establishing one without offending the current CEO.   This workshop will lead you through a process for creating both an emergency and non-emergency succession plan and, help you understand how to conduct an executive search process when the time comes. 

Plenary Session

Leadership Lessons from the Field: Join our master fundraisers, members of the San Diego Philanthropy Group, as they explore their journey thus far and how they see the culture of philanthropy evolving in San Diego. Panelists include:

  • Mary Ruth Carleton, Vice President for University Relations, San Diego State University
  • Anne Farrell, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Voices for Children
  • Doug Hanses, Director of Development, La Jolla Playhouse  
  • Steve Jennings, Executive Director, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President, Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Bill Littlejohn, CEO and Senior Vice President, Sharp HealthCare Foundation
  • Tim O’Malley, Vice President for University Relations, University of San Diego
  • Todd Schultz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, San Diego Symphony
  • Mark Stuart, Foundation President, San Diego Zoo Global
  • Joe Watkins, Vice President for External Relations, Point Loma Nazarene University

Afternoon Seminars, Workshops and Panels

Thinking and Acting Strategically Inside the Boardroom: Paul Van Dolah, Van Dolah and Associates

Today’s environment is too dynamic for boards not to engage in ongoing strategic thinking. Boards are increasingly seeing the need to find and develop unique opportunities to create value and truly understand the organization’s value proposition to the community. In this seminar you will gain insights into how strategic thinking informs strategic planning, understand the keys to advancing strategic thinking in the boardroom, building leadership’s strategic thinking skills and capacity and breaking past the barriers to strategic thinking in the board room.

Financial Literacy: Mike Lichtenberger, CBIZ, Andy Maffia, Senior Manager, AKT LLP, and Stacey Bergman, Shareholder, YHA Advisors

The complexity of nonprofit financial management and reporting continues to deepen. Our panel will help you to know what financial information to ask for and how to read it and understand it when you get it.  We will also explore what financial polices and practices you need to have in place and what legal responsibilities you are responsible for.  

New Laws Affecting Nonprofits: Brian Yacker, JD/CPA, Founder and President, YHA

This presentation will provide valuable updates and summaries regarding new laws, rules, regulations and other guidance affecting all different types of exempt organizations. Additionally, current trends in the exempt organization sector will also be addressed, with a particular focus upon best practice and good governance of exempt organizations. 

Exceptional Partnerships: How the Board Chair and CEO Manage and Staff a Board: Kathy Purdon, Board President andKevin Yaley, MA, MEd, Head, Francis Parker School

“Constructive Partnership” is one of the BoardSource “12 Principles that Power Exceptional Boards.”  What defines such a partnership, how do you develop such a relationship and how does it make it work day to day?  Join two such exceptional partners for a wide-ranging conversation that will give you a blueprint for success. 

When Groupthink Happens: How Boards Can Manage Agreement and Make Good Decisions: Laura Deitrick, PhD, Director, USD Nonprofit Institute and USD faculty member

The board dynamic can be a tricky one that sometimes includes conflict and tension. To keep the peace, board members can find themselves engaging in groupthink, avoiding uncomfortable dialogue, or signing off on decisions that are not best for the organization. The board role is too important to let this happen. Using Jerry Harvey’s simulation, “The Abilene Paradox,” this seminar addresses the dangers of groupthink and provides strategies on how to avoid and overcome them. 

The Insider’s Guide to Succession Planning and Executive Search: Pat Libby, MA, Pat Libby, Consulting, Jane A. Rheinheimer, Esq., Principal, Rheinheimer, Smigliani, Drake APC and USD faculty and Susie Sides, MA, Trustee, San Diego Center for Children

According to a recent survey conducted by the search firm, Nonprofit HR, two out of three nonprofits operate without a succession plan. This may be because many board and staff are confused about the key elements of a succession plan and how to advance the idea of establishing one without offending the current CEO. This workshop will lead you through a process for creating both an emergency and non-emergency succession plan, and help you understand how to conduct an executive search process when the time comes. 

The Super-Important Board Role: How to be an Excellent Organizational Ambassador: Deirdre Maloney, President, Momentum LLC

As a passionate, committed leader, you get it. You know why your organization matters. And you intimately understand why it needs support to do even greater things. That’s why you’re one of the most important ambassadors that there is. How can boards use the unique and extraordinary work of their nonprofit to fulfill the role of excellent ambassador and find new levels of support – all while feeling energetic and at ease themselves? How can staff support their board members in doing this effectively? This session will cover it all. 

The Kaleidoscope of Governance: Exploring a New Governance Framework: Liz Shear, MA, Shear Directions, Director USD Nonprofit Governance Symposium and USD faculty

Did you ever wonder how the Kaleidoscope of Governance got its name?  Or why using the governance as leadership framework creates exceptional boards?  Or even what this framework is all about?  Join me as we demystify and explore the structure of governance, and what the combination of using three lenses (oversight, foresight and insight) does to produce exceptional governance.  

Preparing Your Board for Big Fundraising: Renee C. Harrell-Fitzgerald, MA, CFRE of RCH Nonprofit Consulting

Let’s face it: most board members don't like asking for money. Who can blame them? It is an uncomfortable thing to do. With this in mind, this workshop will explore how you can effectively engage each of your board members in fundraising at their comfort level - from everyday fundraising as well as embarking on large-scale major gifts fundraising efforts like a capital campaign. Learn the key strategies to position your board for success with BIG fundraising.

Saturday, January 9th

Keynote

Stand for Your Mission: The Power of Board Advocacy - You Are the Voice Your Mission Needs.  We are delighted to be joined by BoardSource, Campion Foundation and our very own San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory to explore how to unleash the full potential of nonprofits to advance their missions through advocacy.

  • Sonya Campion, Co-Founder and Trustee, Campion Foundation
  • Vernetta Walker, Vice President, Programs & Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource
  • Dalouge Smith, President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory
  • Ernie Smith, Vice Chair of Governance, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Board of Directors

Morning Seminars, Workshops and Panels

Building an Exceptional Board From the Start: Alberto Cortes, MBA, Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen and member, USD INER Advisory Board

Together, we will explore the characteristics that constitute an exceptional board, their responsibilities such as fundraising and public relations, how to get and keep great board members, and what systems and process you need to put in place to undergird their work. We will provide an open forum for your issues and for you to share your knowledge. THIS THREE-HOUR WORKSHOP IS FOR BEGINNERS ONLY. 

Mighty Marketing: Creating Strategies that (Really!) Make a Difference: Deirdre Maloney, President, Momentum LLC

Frustrated with the whole nonprofit marketing scene? Does it feel like your time and effort is going to waste? Do you wonder what the whole point of marketing really is? Well you’re about to find out! This energizing crash-course on all things marketing will help your organization find new marketing strategies that get goals met. We’ll cover the nonprofit brand, how to identify and find your market, and how to write messages that get others to act. We’ll also discuss how board members can effectively get involved in all of this. How’s that for a good use of your time? 

Measuring and Communicating Outcomes and Impact: Mary Jo Schumann, PhD, Director, USD Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, Kim Hunt, MA, Doctoral Research Assistant, USD Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, Sean Mahoney, Executive Director of zero8hundred, and Becky Sanford, Lead Navigator, zero8hundred

How do we measure the effectiveness of our programs? How can we build program evaluation into our grant applications? How can we demonstrate to funders that our program is worthwhile? What’s working in our program and what’s not working? How can we make our program better? What’s the difference between formative, summative, process, and outcomes evaluation? What is a logic model? What is needed for a high-quality program evaluation? How can we afford to collect and analyze information about our programs? Can we afford NOT to collect and analyze information about our programs? How can we effectively communicate program evaluation findings to various stakeholders? Now that we have program evaluation data, what do we do with it? How can we get our board focused on measurement and communications? Are there any program evaluation tools that we can easily adopt in our organization?

If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, join us as we walk you through the “non-sugar-coated nitty-gritty” of how process and outcome evaluation was built into zero8hundred, a San Diego-based program that proactively links transitioning military families to a broad range of resources and opportunities in the community, and helps them successfully transition to civilian life. The panel will discuss successes and challenges of both process and outcomes measurement from the perspectives of nonprofit program provider, board member, program evaluator, and funder – each of whom has their own lens, perceptions, and reality. 

What Every Board Member Should Know About Charitable and Planned Giving: Linda Spuck, CTFA VP/Trust Officer, The Private Bank at Union Bank and Jenny Hill Bratt, Esq., DLA Piper

Navigating the landscape of charitable and planned giving can be confusing and overwhelming for board members. The purpose of this presentation is to provide board members with an overview of techniques that will benefit their organization and benefit their organization’s donors. This presentation will provide board members with issue spotting tools to introduce potential donors to mutually beneficial gifting strategies as well as guidance to board members of organizations already benefiting from charitable and planned giving techniques. 

Audited Financial Statements vs. Form 990 – How and Why They are Different: Laura J. Roos, Business Assurance Partner and Patricia Jo Meyer, Senior Tax Manager, Moss Adams LLP

Do the audited financial statements and Form 990 tell a consistent story about your organization? Why don’t your tax return and financial statements match? Join us for this session as we compare and contrast:

  • Reporting of expenses, overhead, shared costs
  • Treatment of income and change in net assets
  • Agency and fiscal sponsorship
  • Assets with variance power
  • In-kind contributions
  • Fundraising events

Understanding Your Fiduciary Duties: Ron Mitchell, CPA, Lead Audit Partner and Elsa Romero, CPAT Partner, AKT LLP

Serving on a nonprofit board means much more than just showing up for monthly or quarterly meetings. Directors of nonprofit boards have certain legal obligations and fiduciary responsibilities which involve understanding the duties of oversight over a nonprofit’s assets, operations, and finances. Boards are required to make careful, good-faith decisions in the best interest of the organization consistent with its mission and independent of undue influence from any party or from financial interest. This seminar not only will help you understand the general obligations of serving on a Board, but will help you be an effective Board member by utilizing the highest and best use of your talents.  

Socially Responsible Investing: Jason Baron, MBA, Head Portfolio Manager for Social Investments, U.S. Trust

Is your organization's mission carried through to your operations and investment philosophy? Listen to a discussion on how investors and non-profit organizations are investing their assets via the "principle of shared value". Jason Baron, head portfolio manager for social investments with US Trust will speak to how socially innovative investing strategies are changing the way non-profits manage their financial assets and how such approaches can been accretive to the organization's mission, performance and fundraising.

Engaging Your Community in Strategic Visioning: The Reverend Meg Decker, Trinity Episcopal Church, Escondido, Vice President, Interfaith Community Services Board of Directors and Greg Anglea, MA, Interfaith Community Services Executive Director

Board and executive leadership from Interfaith Community Services will present how they created and implemented an inclusive goal-setting process to not only better understand the vision of their community, but to also better secure the support of that community toward those goals.  Lessons learned are relevant for anyone considering or in the midst of strategic planning, as well as for organizations with diverse and multifaceted stakeholder groups, as the process Interfaith will present brought a unique approach to both engaging and hearing the voices from the many communities they serve and embody.

Stand for Your Mission: Sonya Campion, Co-Founder and Trustee, Campion Foundation, Vernetta Walker, Vice President, Programs & Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource; Dalouge Smith, President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, Ernie Smith, Vice Chair of Governance, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Board of Directors

Afternoon Seminars, Workshops and Panels

Building an Exceptional Board From the Start: continued from morning session

What Every Board Member Should Know About Charitable and Planned Giving: Linda Spuck, CTFA VP/Trust Officer, The Private Bank and Jenny Hill Bratt, Esq., DLA Piper

Navigating the landscape of charitable and planned giving can be confusing and overwhelming for board members. The purpose of this presentation is to provide board members with an overview of techniques that will benefit their organization and benefit their organization’s donors. This presentation will provide board members with issue spotting tools to introduce potential donors to mutually beneficial gifting strategies as well as guidance to board members of organizations already benefiting from charitable and planned giving techniques. 

Understanding Your Fiduciary Duties: Ron Mitchell, CPA, Lead Audit Partner and Elsa Romero, CPAT, Partner, AKT LLP

Serving on a nonprofit board means much more than just showing up for monthly or quarterly meetings. Directors of nonprofit boards have certain legal obligations and fiduciary responsibilities, which involve understanding the duties of oversight over a nonprofit’s assets, operations, and finances. Boards are required to make careful, good-faith decisions in the best interest of the organization consistent with its mission and independent of undue influence from any party or from financial interest. This seminar not only will help you understand the general obligations of serving on a Board, but will help you be an effective Board member by utilizing the highest and best use of your talents.  

What Every Board Member Needs to Know about Community Collaboration: Don Stump, Executive Director, North County Lifeline

Over the last 25 years collaboration has become a buzz word for the myriad of ways organizations work together to collectively advance their individual missions and do work that no one organization can do alone.  But the work occurs mostly beneath the board’s radar screen.  Join one of San Diego’s most experienced collaborative leaders as he shares the ins-and-outs of cross organizational work and teaches you everything you u need to know to foster and monitor this work.  

Approaches to Donor Engagement for Campaigns: the Feasibility Study and More: Carole A. Fish, MEd, CFRE ,Principal, FISH+LEWIS Consulting, USD faculty and Richard Tollefson, President, The Phoenix Philanthropy Group

You’re getting ready for a campaign and the Board, CEO or Campaign Committee needs to decide whether to take the big step and conduct a feasibility study. Do you really need a study? Is it a waste of time or will a carefully planned feasibility study fast track your campaign? Is a traditional feasibility study what’s really needed, or should you take a more expansive look to market research, a positioning study, and related data analytics and wealth screening? Are there other marketing tools that you can use to engage donors and learn what they think about your “pitch” before the campaign begins? Join consultants Carole A. Fish and Richard Tollefson in an exciting discussion about feasibility studies and other donor marketing tools that, when done well, can be worth their weight in gold. 

Engaging Your Community in Strategic Visioning: The Reverend Meg Decker, Trinity Episcopal Church, Escondido, Vice President, Interfaith Community Services Board of Directors and Greg Anglea, MA, Interfaith Community Services Executive Director

Board and executive leadership from Interfaith Community Services will present how they created and implemented an inclusive goal-setting process to not only better understand the vision of their community, but to also better secure the support of that community toward those goals.  Lessons learned are relevant for anyone considering or in the midst of strategic planning, as well as for organizations with diverse and multifaceted stakeholder groups, as the process Interfaith will present brought a unique approach to both engaging and hearing the voices from the many communities they serve and embody.

Building the Board of Your Dreams: A Comprehensive Approach to Board Development: Liz Shear, MA, Shear Directions, Director of USD Governance Symposium and USD faculty

How to get and keep good board members is a perennial problem for most nonprofits.  Why?  Most organizations don’t realize that they need a clear and supportive board structure, an ongoing and systematic process for recruitment, a pipeline for identifying and trying out potential members, a method for continuous board education and engagement, and retention and appreciation processes.
In short, boards need a year-round board development system.  Join me as we build the board of your dreams!

Socially Responsible Investing: Jason Baron, MBA, Head Portfolio Manager for Social Investments, U.S. Trust

Is your organization's mission carried through to your operations and investment philosophy? Listen to a discussion on how investors and non-profit organizations are investing their assets via the "principle of shared value". Jason Baron, head portfolio manager for social investments with US Trust will speak to how socially innovative investing strategies are changing the way non-profits manage their financial assets and how such approaches can been accretive to the organization's mission, performance and fundraising.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: Patti Saraniero, EdD, Moxie Research and USD faculty

Positive Culture for Board Performance and Retention: Presenters will share highlights from research as well as cases from the field that will provide tools and resources for building a positive culture in a board. Participants will also dialogue with others to further explore this topic. 

Plenary Session

The Next Chapter: Chapter Two of San Diego Opera’s Journey in a New Age: The Opera is back and growing stronger every day. Hear about how our Opera’s transformation is progressing from their board president and other key board and staff.  Learn what has worked and how you can use these lessons in your own organizations.

  • Carol Lazier, Board President
  • David Bennett, General Director
  • Linda Spuck, Chair Development Committee and moderator