Clayton Nonprofit Forum | Building a Strong Board
Jack Beckford | Affiliate Consultant, GCN's Nonprofit Consulting Group
A strong board is key for nonprofit organizations to be successful, and to maximize impact. Learn how to build a strong base of support and strengthen organizational effectiveness through your board. The success of most nonprofit organizations hinges on leadership, and that leadership starts with the board. A board that is committed to engagement, effective governance, and fundraising will prove itself to be a great asset to any nonprofit organization. Board members who take their roles very seriously will promote the organization and help bring resources to it. Yet, similar to staff, board members also need training and development to ensure that they have the knowledge necessary for successful oversight. This session will provide a road map for those seeking to increase their board's overall effectiveness.
What You Will Learn
- Board structures that promote good governance
- Framework to structure (and restructure) boards that promote good governance and encourages effective engagement in the work of the organization
- Optimal board size, range of officers, committee chairs and typical committees
- Linkages between levels of board involvement and good governance
About the Speaker
Jack, serving as an Affiliate Consultant in partnership with GCN, is founder and Sr. Partner at Beckford Consulting, providing planning, development, training and assessment services to nonprofit organizations and foundations in the Southeast. As the founding Director of a nonprofit organization, chair of three boards of directors, and with 15 years of experience as a grantmaker, Jack brings a valuable mix of perspectives and experience to assisting nonprofit organizations. Since founding Beckford Consulting in 2002, Jack has provided organizational development, fund-raising planning, board training, assessments, and retreat facilitations to more than 80 nonprofit organizations and half a dozen foundations. In addition to being a member of the consulting team at GCN he is a Community Coach for the Neighborhood Fund of the Atlanta Community Foundation.
Previously Jack spent 13 years at the Fund for Southern Communities (FSC). FSC raised money from individual donors and private foundations, evaluated proposals for grant awards, and provided technical assistance and training to small community groups in Georgia and the Carolinas. While at FSC, Jack was a member of the National Network of Grantmakers, and chaired the “Funders Who Fund in the South” working group. He helped form and served on the board of directors for Georgia Shares and the Southern Rural Development Initiative. Earlier Jack had served as interim associate for National Relief and Development for the Presbyterian Hunger Program of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
A former junior soccer coach and tennis player, Jack stays in shape running and managing his organic vegetable garden.