USD to Host Nonprofit Governance Symposium

School of Leadership and Education Sciences’ Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research hosts seventh annual conference

Good governance is the key to the health of a nonprofit organization, and in hard times, it determines its very survival. It’s not just about a commitment to a cause. It also means a willingness to unite, to be tirelessly courageous, to make tough decisions, to be disciplined in action.

Hard times test a board's abilities. Yet they also create opportunity. For innovation. For excellence. For unforeseen achievement. For new successes. How can an organization seize the economic recession as an opportunity for growth?

This year’s Nonprofit Governance Symposium on January 7 and 8, 2011, explores strategies and concepts to help you get there.

You will:

  • Engage in a strategic mix of seminars, conversations, examples and lectures dedicated to governance best practices in overcoming the challenges presented by hard times
  • Share conversation and experience with those who have been there
  • Listen to a case study of an award-winning organization’s approach to excellent governance
  • Learn about an organization that has achieved and surpassed good governance at the presentation of the “Fifth Annual Kaleidoscope Award for Exceptional Governance.” A special reception honoring the winner and previous winners will close the event on Friday
  • Meet those you know and those you should know
  • Network with new colleagues who, like you, are working to create effective board strategies

The Seventh Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium comprises two interconnected yet independent days. Seminars have been designed to meet the special needs of organizations (and the people who steward them), at all stages of their development – from emerging to established.

Participants may attend one or both days. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Please visit us at for more information or to register.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.