Nonprofit governance needs to change and evolve. Boards have long been at the heart of the nonprofit model, but what else is in the governance ecosystem? How can nonprofits shape governance systems that are unique and responsive to their nuanced circumstances? At their best, boards provide community accountability for nonprofits, and help unlock community support for our missions. However, in practice, the traditional nonprofit governance model can be challenging, inequitable, and dysfunctional. Let’s come together as a community to ask “what if?” What could we do to transform board dynamics and create new approaches to doing governance work that promotes equity, accountability, and joyful service.
Register for the on-demand course to get access to the recording and resources from the virtual event that occurred on 9/27/2022. The recording does not include breakout sessions.
About the Speakers
Erin Kang (they/them, she/her), Ontario Nonprofit Network
Erin (they/she) is a facilitator, storyteller, and dreamer living in Tkaronto (known colonially as Toronto). For over a decade, Erin has been examining the relationship between people, place, and power through their studies, profession, and creative projects. They are the founder of Stories of Ours, a grassroots project which aims to deepen community, invite solidarity, and challenge dominant narratives through intentional acts of storytelling and art. As a convener at heart, they thrive in spaces of community-building and mutuality. Erin’s work lies at the intersections of anti-oppressive pedagogy, community collaborations, and creative arts.
Linda Mollenhauer (she/her) is Chair of Ignite NPS, a foundation committed to igniting new ways of working in the nonprofit sector. She is currently Co-Lead of Reimagining Governance, in collaboration with the Ontario Nonprofit Network. Linda led a consulting practice for over 20 years working with funders and non-profit organizations. In collaboration with others, she has published resources, such as Trends and Forces Reshaping Nonprofit Organizations; Board Oversight of Not-for-Profit Collaboration (CPA); Benchmarks of Excellence for the Voluntary Sector; A Framework for Success for Nonprofit Federations; and Collaboration Coach. Prior to her consulting practice, she was CEO of Imagine Canada. She has a Masters degree in Communications from Boston University.
Erin and Linda will be joined by a panel of board and staff leaders from several Washington State-based nonprofits who are experimenting with alternative approaches to governance. The panel will include Roshni Sampath and Regina Elmi from RVC, Casey Dilloway from The Whidbey Institute, and Diana Avalos-Leos from Latino Leadership Northwest.
Casey Dilloway, Board Chair, Whidbey Institute
The Whidbey Institute is in the middle of experimenting with a transition from a very active working board to an oversight board that can accomplish its business in a one hour meeting every other month. We believe this design will better enable distributed leadership because it gives staff a clearer understanding of the board’s role and limitations. So far, so good!
Regina Elmi, Board Chair, and Roshni Sampath, Co-Executive Director, RVC
As RVC has grown and deepened in its commitment to shared executive leadership, distributed decision making, and self-management as an organization, our board is also in a change process as they re-imagine what good governance and partnership is to a leaderful, self-managing organization.
Diana Avalos-Leos, Executive Director, Latino Leadership Northwest
Latino Leadership Northwest is intentionally involving young leaders in its board development process to ensure a board that is reflective of and responsive to the community they serve.
The on-demand course costs $20. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the on demand content.
Captioning: Closed captions and a video transcript are available.
Interpretation: ASL interpretation is available on the recording for this course- the recording with full ASL interpretation does not include screen sharing, however the presentation slides are available.
Visual Descriptions: Presenters included visual descriptions of themselves to give a person who is low-vision, blind, or calling in without video a sense of space and place.
If you have additional accessibility requests, please let us know when you register.
Thanks to Our Partners
Presented by Nonprofit Association of Washington in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of State of Washington, the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Seattle University, RVC, Latino Leadership Northwest, and The Whidbey Institute.
Questions? Contact Nonprofit Association of Washington
Phone: (855) 299-2922 x108
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