Northshore Board Governance Series

Northshore Board Governance Series

May 23, 2019 to August 8, 2019

68190 HWY 190 Service Road
Covington, LA 70433

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Northshore Board Governance Series May 23rd and August 8th

The Greater New Orleans Foundation Nonprofit Leadership and Effectiveness program is taking our highly regarded Board Governance Series on the road!

The Board Governance series is designed for board members, executive directors, and senior staff who are interested in deepening their understanding of nonprofit governance and better aligning the work of the board to heighten board engagement and maximize its impact. In addition to the in-person sessions, all participants will receive a board toolkit, which includes a set of sample templates and tools to create your first board handbook or update your current one.

The series includes two workshops-May 23nd and August 8th. Organizations must commit to both workshops to participate in the series. The series is designed for organizational teams of 3-4 participants including the executive director and a minimum of 2 board members. Other senior staff leaders with governance responsibilities may also attend.

The fee for the series is $200 and includes breakfast, lunch, workshop materials, and a tool-kit. The series will be held at the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency located at 68190 HWY 190 Service Road in Covington. Space is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-serve-first come basis. Click here to register.

Session 1: May 23, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Governance Fundamentals, Roles and Responsibilities and Strategies for Board Recruitment

  • The purpose of nonprofit governance and the board’s legal obligations of duty, loyalty and obedience.
  • Using CompassPoint’s Governance and Management Support tool, we’ll discuss the specific roles and responsibilities of board members.
  • How to tailor board engagement based on organizational needs and individual board members’ interests, skills, and capacity.
  • Tips, strategies, and “do’s and don’ts” of a thoughtful board recruitment process.
  • Learn an innovative strategy to identify potential board candidates that are outside the circle of “usual suspects” and are closely aligned with your organization’s needs.

Session 2: August 8th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Promising Structures, Better Board Meetings, and Strengthening Board Financial Leadership

  • How to determine the right committees and task forces to support governance and management support/operational needs.
  • How to design engaging and strategic board meetings that inspire leaders and focus the board on the right conversations at the right time.
  • Understand what information is found on your core financial statements: the balance sheet and the statement of activities to support good governance and strategic decision-making.
  • Understand the five principles of financial leadership and how to support board members in deepening their financial literacy without having to be “numbers people.”
  • Understand what roles and structures you need to support strong staff and board partnership within finance.


Marla Cornelius, MNA
Consultant: Nonprofit Leadership, Management, and Board Governance

Marla Cornelius works with organizations and leaders committed to social justice. She is skilled at designing programs and consulting engagements blending highly relevant theory with practical application. Her deep understanding of nonprofits, the challenges facing leaders, and the way that power plays out in organizations enable her to create environments where clients can explore new realities, learn new approaches, and achieve their goals.

While at CompassPoint (2000 to 2017), a leading nonprofit capacity building organization, she led the design and delivery of numerous leadership development cohort programs such as Next Generation Leaders of Color, Organizational Sustainability, and Strategic Leader Development. She co-authored the research reports UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (2013), Daring to Lead: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership (2011), and Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out (2008). Marla has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco.