1. The Ultimate Showdown: Board of Directors vs. Nonprofit Staff

The Ultimate Showdown: Board of Directors vs. Nonprofit Staff

Event ID: 76842
Recording: 17779
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020; 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Marc Jacob, Managing Attorney and Mediator, The Jacob Law Firm, LLC
Credits: 1.5 HRCI, 1.5 SHRM


The Ultimate Showdown: Board of Directors vs. Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofits face many unique challenges, and one of the biggest is that people who are not employed by the organization wield considerable power. The Board of Directors can be a blessing or a curse to Executive Directors and their staffs. Understanding the problem areas can help both staff and board members improve their working relationships.

Let leading attorney and nonprofit governance expert Marc Jacob guide you through the main areas of contention for this all-important relationship, how to spot red flags so issues can be dealt with before they spiral out of control, and how to put the pieces back together once there has been a serious fallout or breach of trust. Participants will walk away not just with a better understanding of this relational dynamic but also how they can better fulfill their own role as nonprofit staff or board member.


A sample of topics covered in this webinar:

  • Area of Tension #1: Allocation of Duties. Why the Board thinks staff isn’t doing enough and why the staff feels abandoned.
  • Area of Tension #2: Affiliation With Larger Organization. Why being part of a “National” or “International” organization doesn’t mean the staff’s job is easier, and why the Board doesn’t understand that.
  • Area of Tension #3: Serious Conflicts. In-fighting, financial mismanagement, and future direction of the organization. Why disagreements don’t have to escalate, and what to do if it’s too late to calm things down.
  • And much more!

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