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Board and Governance Issues for Startup Organizations (Part 2 of The Foundation Center's Webinar Series for Nonprofit Startup Organizations)

Jan 25, 2008

Are you considering starting a nonprofit organization, or do you already run or work for a nonprofit startup? The Foundation Center held a special five-part webinar series just for you, and now you can view all the recorded webinars. A strong nonprofit needs a vital mission, clear lines of accountability, reliable and diverse revenue streams, and high-quality programs and services. This webinar series guides you through these issues to help you start off on solid footing and learn to build an effective organization.

Part 2: Board and Governance Issues for Startup Organizations

One of the most critical tasks in forming a new nonprofit organization is choosing a board of directors to oversee the agency. Who should serve on your initial board? What are the most common traits and qualities that enable boards to lead effectively and creatively? Author and consultant Robert Zimmerman will explain the roles and responsibilities of successful boards and offer practical tips in recruiting, orienting, and working with board members.

Robert M. Zimmerman is the author of Boards That Love Fundraising: A How-To Guide For Your Board and Board Members Rule: How to Be a Strategic Advocate for your Nonprofit. As a fundraising specialist and president of Zimmerman Lehman, Mr. Zimmerman has 30 years of experience in the field of nonprofit administration in the areas of fundraising, organizational development, and executive search. He has been director of development at a variety of nonprofit organizations on both coasts, including the Youth Law Center and the Westside Center for Independent Living. Mr. Zimmerman has taught workshops for nonprofit staffs and boards of directors in the United States and Europe on such topics as major donor solicitation, grantseeking, hiring top-notch executive staff, and overcoming the fear of fundraising. A graduate of Antioch College, Mr. Zimmerman has an M.A. from the University of Michigan. He has served on the board of directors of the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and was the co-chair of AFP's "Fundraising Day 2001" in San Francisco.

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