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Nonprofit Innovation Series – Governance

IWS-MainIn March, the PMA Innovation Series focuses on Governance.

The way in which local nonprofits have depended on their boards of directors has shifted over the last four years, with increased need for strategic oversight, financial and legal expertise, further relationship building and even in-the-weeds tactical support. And yet, this can create a state of over-dependence, with staff leadership relying on busy volunteers to “save the day.”

Also changing are the size of boards and the profile of local volunteer leadership. Increasingly, nonprofits are streamlining their boards, focusing on a smaller but more engaged group of volunteers. Transplants from outside the region are becoming more common on the boards of nonprofits. The next generation of board members are seeking training and looking to roll up their sleeves, dissatisfied with a passive leadership role.

Amidst this shifting landscape, nonprofits largely have the same basic need from their boards – broaden fund development activities and attract new donors. But how is this to be accomplished with new Charlotteans, serving on smaller boards with limited training or description of role?

PMA Innovation Series tackles these topics and more in March. Features this month will include:

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