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The Source: 12 Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Nonprofit Boards
The Board Chair Handbook
Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance
Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements
Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs
Meeting, and Exceeding Expectations: A Guide to Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings
Engaging Your Board in Fundraising


The Source: 12 Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Nonprofit Boards
A BoardSource eBook

Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations, making discernible differences in their advance on mission. How does a board rise to this level? Are there standards that describe this height of performance? This eBookdefines governance not as dry, obligatory compliance, but as a creative and collaborative process that supports chief executives, engages board members, and furthers the causes they all serve.

The Source enables nonprofit boards to operate at the highest and best use of their collective capacity. Aspirational in nature, these principles offer chief executives a description of an empowered board that is a strategic asset to be leveraged. They provide board members with a vision of what is possible and a way to add lasting value to the organizations they lead.

Free to League members. Register here.


The Board Chair Handbook
A BoardSource eBook

The Board Chair Handbook focuses on helping board chairs carry out their responsibilities for the good of the organization. Whether you are a seasoned board chair wanting to brush up and learn something new, an incoming board chair seeking knowledge and skills, or a person considering the possibility of becoming a board chair, this book is intended to be user-friendly and practical. The guidance will also be useful to chief executives, other management personnel who interact with the board chair (including operations officers, development directors, financial officers, and marketing directors), and consultants who work with nonprofit organizations. Each chapter ends with a list of Board Chair’s Reminders — key tasks to help you do your job effectively.

This book is organized into three sections:

  • The Foundation: Building Individual Capacity (Part I) focuses on preparing to take on the tasks and responsibilities of the board chair.
  • The Journey: Optimizing the Work of the Board (Part II) deals with the application of strong leadership and sound governance practices with a focus on board process and board tasks.
  • The Finale: Creating Endings and New Beginnings (Part III) addresses how to prepare for the end of your term as board chair, the importance of closure, and answering, “What’s next?”

Free to League members. Register here.


Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance
A BoardSource eBook

What is governance? What is the role of the board? What is expected of board members? And how does an effective board operate? Board Fundamentals answers these questions and more for:

  • new board members in need of an introduction to the principles of nonprofit governance
  • experienced board members in need of a refresher and new ideas
  • chief executives — as well as senior staff who interact with the board — who want to better understand their and the board's roles and responsibilities

…and it’s a great vehicle for opening a conversation between the board and the chief executive about their respective roles in organizational governance.

Within its pages, you will find a description of the nonprofit sector, a discussion of the concept of governance (something that seems murky to many people new to governance), an in-depth look at the key governance roles and responsibilities of the board and the individuals involved in organizational governance, and suggestions on how the board can most effectively carry out its responsibilities.

At the end of each chapter, there is a set of questions designed to engage your board in an exploration of its practices and how they can be improved.

Free to League members. Register here.


Understanding Nonprofit Financial Statements
A BoardSource eBook

Every nonprofit organization exists to provide value and benefits. This book concentrates on one major and widely recognized method of measuring value: financial statements and their implications for outcomes. Our no-nonsense explanations will help you quickly understand complicated financial concepts so that you are equipped to perform your legal and fiduciary responsibilities, to set realistic financial goals, and to determine your organization's performance.

The third edition of this best-selling title includes practical tips for board members and a comprehensive glossary. We also include downloadable content with a ready-made presentation designed to help your entire board understand and review the organization's finances.

Free to League members. Register here.


Chief Executive Succession Planning: Essential Guidance for Boards and CEOs
A BoardSource eBook

It might be tomorrow; it might be 10 years from now. But someday, your chief executive is going to leave your organization. Is there a well-thought-out plan in place? Can you expect a smooth transition? If not, his or her departure could trigger a chaotic situation that reduces your organization's effectiveness and panics key stakeholders. This eBook provides a proactive approach so that you are prepared whenever the inevitable day comes.

You will learn:

  • the differences between executive search and succession planning
  • how to create a system that ensures the organization always has an up-to-date succession strategy
  • how to get input from and communicate effectively with staff, key stakeholders, and the general public
  • five succession planning steps to take prior to the executive search
  • six key issues for the board to address during the executive search
  • how to ensure a smooth transition for your new chief executive
  • why it's important to begin the succession planning process with a new chief executive

The appendices include a sample emergency leadership transition plan, chief executive succession plan guidelines, and a sample chief executive profile. While primarily aimed at board members, the publication is a valuable read for chief executives, consultants, senior staff, and others involved with nonprofit boards.

Free to League members. Register here.


Meeting, and Exceeding Expectations: A Guide to Successful Nonprofit Board Meetings
A BoardSource eBook

Are your board meetings inspiring, productive, and efficient? Or are they tedious, unproductive, and dominated by one or two people? Do they leave your board members wondering why they volunteered in the first place? In this eBook, you’ll find ready-to-use information that will help you turn things around. This must-have resource poses critical questions, provides easy-to-implement answers, suggests tools, clarifies legal and ethical expectations, and, yes, even shows you how to insert some fun into your meetings.

You will find:

  • solutions to common board problems, such as poor chair performance, absentee board members, and conflicts of interest
  • tips to help you solve typical board dilemmas and promote generative discussions
  • suggestions to help your board members become more innovative and seek new solutions to old problems

The appendices feature a sample meeting agenda, board book, minutes template, committee report, ballot, resolution, proxy, retreat evaluation, and outline for an orientation, as well as a glossary of common terms. The book is designed for chief executives, board members, senior staff, and any other participants involved in board meetings.

Free to League members. Register here.


Engaging Your Board in Fundraising
A BoardSource eBook

Register now for Engaging Your Board in Fundraising - A Staff's Guide, a free webinar that will take place Wednesday, May 21 from 12:00 pm to 1:00pm EST!

Studies show that board member participation in fundraising is considered to be inadequate by executive directors and board members alike, so it’s important to look at what is keeping staff members from being more successful at engaging board members in fundraising.

So what are the barriers that keep staff from being more successful in engaging board members to fundraise? And how can we increase our chances for success? Kathy Hedge asked nearly 50 nonprofit leaders to share their insights with me as staff members, board members, consultants, and/or funders of nonprofits. Engaging Your Board in Fundraising will help you:

  • ensure that you have the right foundation in place to engage your board members in fundraising
  • energize board members by connecting them to mission
  • establish the context of your funding process so board members understand the big picture
  • cultivate, engage, and support board members in fundraising tasks

Free to League members. Register here.

Orchestras Feeding America

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2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Emerging conductors in action!

The 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview was held this year in Jacksonville, Fla. on March 13, hosted by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Below, read bios of 2013's featured conductors and read the agenda from the event.

Check back here for updates regarding submissions for the 2015 preview!

Featured Conductors

   
Joshua Gersen
Bio
  Keitaro Harada
Bio
  Gavriel Heine
Bio
         
   
Vladimir Kulenovic
Bio
  Sameer Patel
Bio
  Benjamin Rous
Bio

 

 

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview is made possible by a generous grant from The Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation.

 

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2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

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The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program

Applications for Round 2 of the League's Getty Grants are now closed. The following information is provided for reference only.

The League, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, is pleased to announce Round 2 of the Getty Education and Community Investment Grants. These one-year grants, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000, will be awarded to orchestras for activities in fiscal year 2014. This is a new funding cycle; all orchestras meeting the guidelines are encouraged to apply.

The Getty Grants will invest in:

  • enhancing and deepening established programs that have been in place for three or more years and have demonstrated measurable success; or
  • planning, developing, and implementing innovative new initiatives that strengthen community ties and respond to community needs.

Please review the application guidelines and then complete the pre-application, due August 15. Orchestras will hear back by September 15, and for those orchestras invited to move to the full application phase, final applications will be due October 15.

Grants cannot be used to:

  • create new organizations
  • support single, one-off events or activities that do not represent the development or support of long-term relationships (such as assembly programs, holiday concerts, etc.)

For a snapshot of orchestras that have received support in Round 1 of the program, click here. For more information, contact Polly Kahn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646 822 4024.

Volunteer Notes Spring 2012

 

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Volunteer Notes Winter 2012

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