2019 ​Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium

January 24 & 25th, 2019

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The purpose of the Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium is to highlight current best practices, lessons learned from the field, and trends in effective nonprofit and philanthropic board leadership, as well as board recruitment and retention. The premise is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently and effectively to address critical needs in our communities. 

The workshops and seminars use a combination of case studies, experiential and interactive learning approaches for participants to be exposed to best practices, hear lessons learned and gain valuable tools of the trade in good governance.

About the 2018 Theme:

People, Place, Performance – The Triple Bottom Line for Nonprofit Governance

There is growing recognition that our social well-being, the environment, health and vitality of the places where we live, and our economic prosperity are not mutually exclusive but rather interdependent. With this in mind, an increasing number of organizations are embracing a triple bottom line, aligning traditional financial performance considerations with the need to integrate issues of social equity, as well as community and environmental concerns.

In the nonprofit context, people constitute the social or human capital bottom line as it relates to fair and beneficial treatment of an organization's workforce and the populations they serve. Place is the community and environmental bottom line as it pertains to practices both within the organization and the locality or region where it works. Performance is the financial bottom line, which takes into account the full cost for organizations to deliver their purpose for social good.

Three Essential Modes of Good Governance

Fiduciary, Strategic and Generative

Good governance is the process of giving fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership to a nonprofit organization to help it reach its full potential. Fiduciary governance is the stewardship of tangible assets, through oversight of operations, legal compliance and fundraising. Strategic governance moves the organization wisely into a preferred future, shaping the work to meet it and offering technical assistance along the way. Generative governance defines the context for both fiduciary and strategic governance, making sense and meaning of complex challenges, problems, opportunities and questions.

2018 Agenda at a Glance

Thursday, January 25 - Welcome Plenary/Reception

  • 4:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 4:35 p.m. Keynote: Why Does Good Governance Matter?
  • 4:50 p.m. Good Governance Improv from our Very Special SOLES Team
  • 5:10 p.m. Presentation of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Award for Good Governance
  • 5:20p.m. Reception and Networking
  • 6:30 p.m. Adjournment

Friday, January 26 - Plenaries, Seminars and Workshops

  • 8 a.m. Networking and Breakfast
  • 8:15 a.m. Video: Governance as Leadership – 3 Essential Roles
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:45 a.m. Update from the Sector: Key Trends and What They Mean for the Triple Bottom Line in Governance
  • 9:05 a.m. Opening Plenary: What is the Triple Bottom Line for Nonprofit Governance?
  • 10 a.m. Networking and Refreshments
  • 10:15 a.m. Seminars and Workshops - I
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. Seminars and workshops - II
  • 2:45 p.m. Break
  • 3 p.m. Seminars and workshops - III
  • 4:30 p.m. Adjournment

Saturday, January 27 - Seminars and Workshops

  • 8:30 a.m. Video: Governance as Leadership – 3 Essential Roles
  • 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 8:50 a.m. Additional Updates from the Sector: Key Trends and What They Mean for Triple Bottom Line Governance
  • 9 a.m. Keynote: Musings on Triple Bottom Line Governance and the Nonprofit Sector
  • Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits - CalNonprofits
  • 9:40 a.m. Dismiss to workshops
  • 9:45 a.m. Seminars and workshops - IV
  • 11 a.m. Break
  • 11:15 a.m. Seminars and workshops - V
  • 12:30 p.m. Adjournment

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