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"Governance in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector: Overcoming the Issues That Challenge the Performance of Nonprofit Boards"

Friday, May 10, 2013

Topic and Overview: The governance function in the nonprofit sector is of critical importance in keeping it in touch with the communities it serves and ensuring that the organizations achieve their missions. What are the greatest challenges to the effectiveness of Boards of Directors and how can they be overcome? How has the practice of self-assessment helped boards achieve higher levels of performance?

Welcome: Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson, School of Social Welfare

Keynote Speaker: Jason Lilien, Chief of the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau

Panel of Nonprofit Leaders including Board Chairs and CEOs from organizations that have a) self-assessed board performance and b) have implemented good governance practices based on assessment results:

Panel Moderator: Mike Breslin, Public Service Professor, Rockefeller College and School of Social Welfare 

1. Susan G. Komen for the Cure (NE Affiliate) 
2. Habitat for Humanity (Capital Region)
3. Empire Justice
4. New York State Speech-Hearing Language Association (NYSSHLA)
5. Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State, Inc.

Research Presentation: Yvonne D. Harrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College, will discuss: "Issues that Challenge Boards and Impacts of Board Performance Self-Assessment; Overview of Framework and Guide to Board Performance Self-Assessment."

Roundtable Discussion: led by UAlbany faculty, speakers and panelists. Discussion regarding the issues that challenge the performance of nonprofit boards of directors and the impacts of board performance self-assessment.

Go To Resources: Free board performance assessment tool; and good governance resources