Board Café 90-minute drop-in sessions provide an open, candid forum addressing the concerns and challenges that the participants suggest. If you lead or serve on a nonprofit board or might want to do so someday, these roundtable discussions are designed for you.  All are welcome, including those who are interested in serving on a board but have not had an opportunity to serve in that role previously.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and join us for an informative online sharing session focused on tips and tricks for effective nonprofit boards. This upcoming session is geared toward board chairs/presidents and executive directors/CEOs who design agendas and facilitate board meetings.

  • How can something as simple as re-ordering the agenda or including a “mission moment” at every meeting make a real difference?
  • And how can you stimulate engaging discussions as part of your meetings?
  • Can you meet less frequently and still fulfill your governance responsibilities?  We’ll explore these topics and more.

Join Nancy March and Paula Van Ness for this important conversation! We will focus our discussion on how to create meaningful, productive, and interactive agendas for board meetings, including using the consent agenda to free up time for generative discussions by the board. We want to make board service more of a joy-filled and rewarding experience—join us to share your lessons learned, and we’ll share ours.

This meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, June 24, 2024, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Please reserve your spot by clicking the “Register Now via Zoom” button above! We look forward to it.

About the Facilitators:

Board memberNancy March, a retired Tucson attorney, has served as Board President for several non-profit organizations of different sizes over the last 25 years and has been fortunate to work alongside some inspirational leaders along the way.  These non-profits have included Arts for All/Third Street Kids, the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, and, currently, True Concord Voices and Orchestra.

CFSA staff memberPaula Van Ness, a semi-retired nonprofit executive, now serves as Director for CFSA’s Center for Healthy Nonprofits.  She has served on several nonprofit boards over the last 45 years, including many stints as Chair or in another leadership role in addition to partnering with boards when she served as CEO.  Currently she chairs a nonprofit homelessness organization based in Los Angeles and serves as Secretary of the Pima Foundation (Pima Community College Foundation) and in a leadership position for her church. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Development and has completed the BoardSource Certification as a Nonprofit Board Consultant.