Day of Clarity Board Retreat

Supporting Nonprofit Transformation

With nonprofits having to compete on so many levels, it is essential that board members be knowledgeable and skilled in fulfilling their legal and ethical governance roles and responsibilities with confidence and purpose.

The Nonprofit Center has used its three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector to create a “Day of Clarity” board retreat that effectively conveys insights and skills to nonprofit boards that enables them to move forward to engage in strategic thinking and prioritizing to successfully fulfill their goals.  Without it they are likely to cling to negative patterns, indecisiveness and poor judgment.

This “Day of Clarity” is divided into two inter-related, supportive components.

Morning Program:  A Foundation in Best Practices for Today’s Nonprofit Boards

The first half of the day takes the board through an immersion into the “good, better, best” model of board governance, guiding them through the steps to becoming an effective board and providing new insights to sharpen board effectiveness individually and as a whole.

Among the essential topics covered are board, staff and volunteer roles; legal liability; financial management and control; policy-making; fundraising and resource development; strategic planning; key organizational phases and their impact on the board;  board self-appraisal; and identification of the board’s development goals for the year.

Afternoon Program:  Bringing Best Practices to Life

Following the 2.5 hour best practices session, the board is led through a “Clarity” retreat facilitated by an experienced Nonprofit Center consultant that enables them to use this new-found knowledge, insight and intention to recognize priority issues that need to be addressed in order to move forward – be it engaging in a meaningful strategic planning process, resolving a problem or confronting a challenge.

This 3-hour session, which includes brainstorming, is then transformed into a highly focused targeted discussion, based on the understandings and accord that was reached in the first part of the retreat.   Furnished with this honed vision and an emergent consensus about mission and purpose, the board then moves forward with resolve to act on priorities it identified earlier.  With this clarity of vision, the board is now well-equipped and engaged to continue planning and goal-setting, setting organizational direction for the future, guided by the mission.

How Nonprofit Boards Benefit from a Day of Clarity

  • The board will thoroughly understand its true roles and responsibilities on its good, better, best continuum
  • The board will be able to identify the priority issues on which to move forward
  • The board will be in a solid position to mindfully ready itself for strategic planning and other key processes with a greater chance of success and value
  • The board will see how consensus will show where the organization is going and the best ways to get there.

Special Message for FUNDERS:  As a funder and community pillar, your investment in this Day of Clarity for select grantees is a solid means of assuring that the dollars you commit to programs and other support, will have maximum impact and intended outcomes.

For more information about the Day of Clarity Board Retreat, contact Terri Clark, 215-951-5194 or clarkt@lasalle.edu

 

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