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TNB Roundtable: Community Engagement Governance™ for Nonprofits

Tech Networks of Boston

Friday, June 6, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Tech Networks of Boston ( also known as "TNB") hosts Roundtable sessions every other Friday afternoon; these are informal discussions and presentations, on a wide range of topics of interest to TNB's staff, nonprofit clients, and friends.

We hope that you will join us on June 6th, when our featured speaker will be Judy Freiwirth, the principal of Nonprofit Solutions Associates.  The topic will be "Community Engagement Governance for Community Impact."  We're very excited about this, because it resonates well with TNB's passionate interest in collaborative, community-based organizations.

Here’s what Judy says about this TNB Roundtable session:

Why do so many boards continue to experience the same persistent problems and challenges? Even after board trainings and eduction, many boards continue to experience the same issues over time. Is it just a matter of understanding roles and responsibilties or is it a deeper problem – that is, with the traditional board models themselves? This roundtable will address a new, innovative governance framework that is generating great excitement across the U.S.- among nonprofits, capacity-builders, and the research sectors.

Community-Engagement Governance™ is internationally recognized as one of the few innovative developments within the governance field and that is demonstrating significant benefits for community impact. The Framework is a cutting-edge approach in which governance responsibility is shared across the organizational system among the key sectors of an organization or network, including its active constituents and community stakeholders, staff, and board to achieve more effective community impact. It is built upon principles of inclusiveness, participatory democracy, self-determination, and genuine partnership. Based on the research that there is no one right model for every organization, it is a flexible approach, intended to be customized to the unique circumstances and needs of each organization/network.

This Roundtable will address key findings and case studies from a multi-year national Action Research project in which nonprofits and networks across the country are engaged in a co-learning process. The initial findings include: a) Increased responsiveness to community and environmental changes; b) increased quality of governance decision-making; c) increased community outcomes; d) Increased financial sustainability; and c) increased community visibility. We will also engage in discussions about the technology-related tools that groups and networks have been using to make large group, inclusive decisions—pros and cons, and future needs for authentic community engagement.

Here’s a bit more about Judy:

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D. is an organization development consultant, trainer, and national speaker with Nonprofit Solutions Associates. She has been consulting to and training for nonprofits, networks, and coalitions for the past 30 years. Nationally-known, she is considered one of the leading thought leaders and consultant in the area of innovation in governance and has been a keynote speaker and trainer at international, national, and regional conferences. Judy is the primary developer and researcher for the Community-Engagement Governance™ framework project. She is the founder and chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's national network of consultants, researchers, management support organizations, and other capacity builders focused on developing new models of nonprofit governance and serves on the national board of directors of the Alliance, the premier national organization of capacity builders. She is also one of three certified BoardSource Governance Trainers in New England. She has also published numerous articles and publications for "The Nonprofit Quarterly" and "Nonprofit Boards and Governance Review" and is a contributing author for two recently books, "New Perspectives in Nonprofit Governance" and "You and Your Board: New Practices for Challenging Times from Researchers, Provocateurs, and Practioners." She also serves on the editorial board of the "Journal of Nonprofit Management." More information is available at .

Please note that session will not be a sales pitch for any product or service. The TNB Roundtable series is an educational opportunity for nonprofit professionals to learn along with their peers from other organizations.

We hope that you can join us for a lively conversation! Please respond to this invitation, to let us know whether you'll be attending. We are running a very popular series in a very small conference room, so a definite YES or NO is real help to us.

Best regards from Deborah


Deborah Elizabeth Finn | Senior Strategist

Tech Networks of Boston

1 Wadleigh Place | South Boston, MA 02127

617.504.8188 | 888.527.9333 Fax |


Have questions about TNB Roundtable: Community Engagement Governance™ for Nonprofits? Contact Tech Networks of Boston



Tech Networks of Boston

Tech Networks of Boston helps mission-based organizations in Greater Boston enhance their effective use of information technology. Our services include IT strategic planning and assessment services, IT services management, project management, data integration, software development, web design, systems engineering, training, deskside support, and 24/7 support services including end-user support, remote server monitoring and emergency onsite service.

In addition to providing IT Services, Tech Networks of Boston engages with nonprofits in the Boston area. Our initiatives include our Roundtable events and our IT Community of Practice. These groups provide nonprofit professionals and consultants with networking and professional development opportunities.

TNB is also a leader in service to the community. We contribute financially and through hands-on work. Our partnerships include talent development with the Shriver Job Corps, protecting our climate with the Climate Action Business Association, and promoting nonprofit fundraisers through our Boston Charity Events newsletter and website. Participating generously and responsibly in our local, business, client and world communities are a core value of TNB.

Tech Networks of Boston is a Massachusetts Benefit corporation and a Certified B Corporation, underlining our commitment to serving triple bottom line values of "People, Planet, and Profit". Our mission is to enable organizations to use innovative and effective tools to serve human needs.

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