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Chapter 2: Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership - How to Set the Stage for Strategic Board Leadership

The Nonprofit Board Governance Guidebook: connecting the dots between best practice and practical reality for your nonprofit board

NOW AVAILABLE!!! This free course includes an overview of the materials and a complimentary coaching session.

In Chapter 2, How to Set the Stage for Strategic Board Leadership, we will explore effective and efficient board leadership for your nonprofit organization. We will explore the critical foundations to support strategic board action including meeting preparation and structure.

The course includes sample meeting agenda, board orientation examples and an outline to create an impactful and effective board handbook. Worksheets guide your board to customize the right materials and governance foundation to support your work through the full spectrum of board process - orientation, regular meetings, and strategic conversations like evaluation and review.

These materials are great for Governance and Executive Committees as well as for use by the whole board to spark conversation to guide board operations and decision making.

The Nonprofit Board Governance Guidebook connects the dots between best practice and practical reality for your nonprofit board. Each course is tailored to meet your organization's unique needs: materials can include a short video to spark discussion, a reference workbook and worksheets to guide board development for your organization toward your mission, facilitated board retreat or other coaching/support for project implementation. The complimentary coaching session will identify the ideal materials/format to support strategic leadership for your board (and the cost for the course to meet your needs).

This course is designed for use by your entire organization - board, staff, and committees. Materials for each course are licensed for use to the entire organization. (If you serve on multiple boards, please note you are required to purchase the course separately for use at each organization.)


Your Instructor


Kate Kalstein
Kate Kalstein

Kate Kalstein has devoted her entire career to strengthening nonprofit organizations through leadership, advocacy and the law to enable them to focus on progress. An attorney with more than 10 years professional experience, Kate has great expertise in a broad range of issues and focus areas.

Kate is the founder and principal of Kate Kalstein Consulting where she provides governance and planning support to nonprofit clients. Prior to launching Kate Kalstein Consulting in 2009, Kate served as Legislative Counsel to the California Judges Association and Director of Policy and Planning at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Today Kate is based in Denver, Colorado.

Kate is an active member of the Consultants‘ Leadership Forum sponsored by The Denver Foundation and CausePlanet. Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in fall 2015, Kate proudly serves as Commissioner to the State Commission on Community Service, Serve Colorado. Kate is proud to have worked with dozens of nonprofit boards and numerous nonprofit organizations to strengthen communities across the country including WeeCycle, Social Venture Partners, All Kids Covered, the Arc of Colorado, the Basalt Education Foundation and the Colorado Bar Foundation.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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