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Building the Best Board for Your Organization

February 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Your board of directors is the most powerful resource your organization has!

Your board of directors is the most powerful resource your organization has, however activating an impassioned and engaged board is an elusive process to most nonprofits. Based on the trainings of BoardSource, a globally renowned entity whose mission is to inspire and support excellence in nonprofit governance and board staff leadership, our work will explore the ten basic board responsibilities, the roles of individual board members, the elements to look out for that make a great board member and the steps in the board building cycle.

We’ve all had board members tell us that they can’t fundraise and don’t feel comfortable asking their friends for checks. Raising funds for an organization can take many different forms, and often asking for a check may not even be a part of it. For the most part, board members long to be part of a meaningful effort to make a change in our community. It is up to all of us to educate our board on other meaningful ways they can be part of the fundraising process.

An important part of the board development conversation is the relationship between the board chair and the organization CEO. We will discuss ways in which both can effectively share leadership responsibility, and work through any differences that arise.

And finally, we will discuss the components of outstanding board meetings, whether your role is that of a staff member, board chair or the CEO/ED. At some point or another in your career, you will have the opportunity to shape and guide a board meeting; these tips will equip you to host the best board meeting your board has ever attended.

This workshop is for CEOs, Executive Directors, Board Members and Nonprofit Founders/Visionaries.

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About the presenter:

Kirsten was born in Panama and raised in Latin America. After completing her undergraduatedegree at FIU in Miami, Florida, she moved to The Bahamas where she lived for 18 years. Herfamily relocated in 2012 to Black Mountain, NC and then to Boca Raton, Florida, where shecurrently lives with her husband and two girls. Kirsten has been engaged in the philanthropic sectorfor over twenty years. Her expertise lies in the strategic and operational development of nonprofits,foundations and corporations, focusing on areas such as startup support and execution,executive recruiting, leadership coaching, board development, and grant writing. Kirsten has herMBA from Florida International University, is certified in Non-profit Management, is a CertifiedFund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a Certified BoardSource Non-profit Consultant.

In her work with startup organizations, Kirsten assists with non-profit incorporation andregistration, IRS filing and reporting, and ongoing charity compliance. Her focus is on workingwith entities that seek to develop a high-performance culture and obtain measurable outcomeswith significant social impact. For more established entities, her firm provides strategic consulting,team-building, board development and executive search.

Kirsten regularly conducts workshops, board retreats, coaching and seminars to foundationgrantees and is an instructor at National Leadership Institute. Through her consulting company,The Kannico Agency, she and her team work with foundations, for profits and non-profits, advisingon alternate revenue streams, identifying opportunities for maximizing social impact and ensuringnon-profits achieve organizational excellence.

Additional details:

The Center for Social Change is located on the corner of Coral Way and SW 21st Avenue in the offices above Xixon restaurant, on the second floor.

If you’re traveling by car: There are metered spaces on Floor 2A of the parking garage attached to 2103 Coral Way. Floor 2A also has paid disabled permit parking and paid electric vehicle recharging stations. You can pay with the ParkJockey, or Pay-by-Phone app (code: 34031). There is also metered street parking adjacent to the building payable with Pay-by-Phone and there is some free street parking in the surrounding neighborhood, especially south of Coral Way. Be sure to observe “Residents Only” and “No Parking” areas.

If you’re traveling via mass transit: Miami-Dade Bus #24 and the free City of Miami Coral Way Trolley both stop just around the corner from the building. Both bus lines connect to the Vizcaya Metrorail Station at Coral Way and SW 12th Ave.

If you’re traveling by bike: Bicycle racks can be found along the sidewalk in front of the building and in the garage.

Image and Audio Consent and Release:

If you do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please inform Center staff upon arrival at the venue and we’ll accommodate your request. The Center for Social Change will be taking digital photography and/or videography throughout the event. The photographs and/or video may be used across our platforms, including publications, websites, email newsletters, social media, presentations, media releases, and marketing materials. The Center for Social Change does not intend to use these photographs/videos in any manner other than for the purposes stated above. By registering for this event, you grant permission for the Center for Social Change to use your photograph/video in this manner.


The Center for Social Change
2103 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145 United States
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