Financial Leadership for Board Members BAYOU – June 27, 2017

February 9, 2017

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Initiative is partnering with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) and the Bayou Community Foundation to present a Financial Leadership for Board Members workshop, hosted at Fletcher Community College.

This session 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.

Participants are encouraged to bring their bylaws, governance handbook, and recent board meeting agendas for reference during the series.

This session provides a framework for understanding financial leadership specifically within the context of board governance.  We’ll focus first on how to read and understand key financial statements and give you hands-on practice with using those statements to assess your organization’s overall financial health.  Then, using your real experiences, we’ll discuss how to frame conversations to inform board level decision-making.  

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess your understanding of financial leadership and identify areas of improvement.
  • Use core nonprofit financial statements to evaluate your organization’s financial health
  • How to participate in financially grounded and informed governance decision-making

The session will be held on Tuesday, June 27th from 9:00am-12noon at Fletcher Technical Community College-BPIPT Building, Room 206 located at 224 Weatherford Road in Schriever, LA. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Swan at or 504.598.4663.

About our Presenter:

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Tasha Cooper, a native of Gainesville, Florida, has spent the past 18 years serving in various capacities for nonprofit organizations including management, marketing & public relations, fundraising and program development. Tasha’s nonprofit career started at 15 when she became a volunteer at Shand’s Teaching Hospital in Gainesville. After High School, Tasha majored in Communication & Public Relations at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.  During her time at UWF, Tasha spearheaded the first fundraiser for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House; a shelter housing victims of domestic violence. Tasha moved to Louisiana in 2013 and in recent years has served as Division Director for the March of Dimes, Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Southeastern University and currently serves as Director of Member Services for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO).


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