Vista Global offers a variety of workshops and trainings. But the high demand for trainings on board governance remains constant. Board members are hungry for guidance on defining their roles and responsibilities. Board development is not a simple one-time activity, but a continuous cycle of self-reflection and self-improvement.
In our workshops, we explore different governance models and their benefits. Some organizations thrive using the Policy Governance Model designed by Dr. John Carver. While other nonprofits may benefit more from Community-Engagement Governance, a framework designed by Judy Freiwirth, that shares governance responsibility across the organization’s constituents, community members, staff and board.
Another key component of these trainings is the importance of a great working relationship between the Executive Director and Board Chair. In fact, certified mediator and consultant Joan Garry believes the relationship between the Executive Director and Board Chair “tells you more about the health of a nonprofit than any other single factor.”
Best practices don’t end with the board members sitting around the table, either. Board members have a responsibility to identify and recruit the future board leaders, too. Our workshops explore the entire board development life cycle.