Training for Nonprofit Boards
When someone is asked to join a nonprofit board, many times they do not understand what is required of them or even what is required of the organization they have joined. They may not even understand how effective organizations are structured and function. Many nonprofits lose good members because of the lack of good leadership and the inefficiency of meetings. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service provides all types of training to make nonprofits operate efficiently and legally.
Presentations and Workshops Available
- Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building:
- Many groups find themselves arguing among themselves and rarely get anything accomplished. Sometimes an outside facilitator must be used to get the organization functioning effectively again. Bringing both sides to the table and allowing the differences to be recognized, many times different factions realize that the differences are not all that great. By using consensus building, rather than a majority rules allows the organization to move forward.
- Leadership Principles:
- Sometimes we call someone a leader when in actuality they are a manager. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower stated that "Leadership is getting people to follow you." This training teaches what the characteristics of a good leader are, how to recognize your individual leadership style and how to use that knowledge to become a better leader.
- Effective Communication and Listening:
- Communication is a process of sending and receiving messages. It is done by various methods, both verbally and non-verbally. Most people spend about 75% of every day either speaking or listening. Leaders spend more time communicating than on any other activity, yet they receive very little training. This training covers all these areas and much more.
- In today's environment, we hear the phrase "Being Transparent" many times. Even being transparent does not necessarily mean "Being Ethical". What was done may be perfectly legal, but not in the best interest of those involved or possibly even have been done for self-serving reason. During our session we will look at situations and determine how the situation was perceived.
- Organizational Needs Assessment
The best way to know what training a board needs is to do an internal assessment of the organization, including board members. This assessment can be an excellent tool for building organizational identity, strengthening member and board commitment and providing a structure for positive change.
People serve on boards for different reasons. Participation motives are an important part of assessing an organization's effectiveness in meeting the needs of its members. Understanding this range of motives for participation data gleaned from the assessment allows for consensus building among the board members. If there is a lot of diversity and there hasn't been an opportunity for consensus building, the potential for organizational tension is high.
After the needs assessment has been completed and tabulated, the results are reviewed, prioritized and a training program is developed. The number of sessions will be determined by the results of the assessment and the time the board wants to devote for the training. Currently this assessment is in paper form only but an electronic version will soon be available. Once it is available, your organization's members will be able to access the survey and complete it in total anonymity. Results will be readily available to your organization for decision making.
- Customized Training
We can develop any training needs to assist your nonprofit organization, especially after an Organizational Needs Assessment has been conducted.