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Governance Matters: A more powerful board through Policy Governance

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Looking for a way to make your board more effective and efficient? Policy Governance® uses policies laid out in advance to help the board clarify its role and to define the relationship between the board and the executive. Since the board's processes are written down, clear, and more stable, the oversight and governance role of the board can be accomplished in less time but with greater consistency.

This frees up time to focus on longer-term strategic issues, deepening community connections, and fundraising.

This seminar provides you with a solid understanding of Policy Governance, an approach to governance used by many nonprofits, credit unions, religious organizations, and school districts.

The workshop presenter is Nancy Long, executive director of 501 Commons, which uses Policy Governance for its board.

Issues that will be addressed in this seminar:

  • How should a board provide direction to and evaluate the executive director?
  • How does the board help the organization achieve its end results?
  • How can the board focus its time well so it provides value to the organization?

Who should attend?

  • Board members and executive directors who want to more clearly define the authority of the executive and the role of board members
  • Executive directors and board members considering whether Policy Governance would be a good fit for their organization
  • New members of Policy Governance boards who need to understand the theory and practices of a PG board

Due to the recent concerns of COVID-19, this training is now being offered at a webinar.

Trainer: Nancy Long
is the executive director of 501 Commons, an nonprofit organization that supports the success of other nonprofits in Washington State by providing affordable technology and management consulting services, support for board and staff leadership development, back office HR, tech and financial services and free information and referral services.

Nancy is a previous vice president at Group Health Cooperative, Director of Quality at the Washington State Hospital Association, and Marketing Director for the Basic Health Plan. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington where she taught courses in nonprofit management and leadership of nonprofits.

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Please contact Kendra B. Demuth for any questions.


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