NPCC, 6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Board's Performance
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When: 05/08/2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Where: Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
135 West 36th Street
15th Floor
New York, New York  10018
United States

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“The nonprofit Board model is broken.” You’ve likely heard this sentiment uttered by nonprofit leaders, philanthropists and Board members alike. While unquestionably provocative, there appears to be some truth to it. BoardSource’s leading national survey on nonprofit governance finds that Boards earn on average a B- in overall Board performance. Most boards are mediocre, at best. Many others are failing the organization and its mission completely. It shouldn’t be that way. 

There are several high-impact strategies that nonprofit executives and Board leaders can immediately deploy to boost the performance – and thus, overall impact – of their nonprofit’s Board. During this session, Robert Acton – the former Executive Director of Taproot Foundation in NYC and current Principal & Founder of Cause Strategy Partners, LLC -- will present six interventions to optimize Board performance. These interventions fall into three key categories: a) driving enhanced Board member contribution, b) better use of Board meetings, and c) a strengthened culture of Board engagement. 

Change often takes months of planning, socialization, buy-in and execution. This session is designed for nonprofit executives and Board leaders who need their Boards to improve faster. Utilizing a highly-interactive learning style, this session will arm participants with innovative ideas and specific action steps that will accelerate your Board’s performance today.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand specific approaches for optimizing Board performance right away
  • Walk away with a specific action plan for improving their Board performance
  • Experience renewed confidence that positive change in Board engagement is possible


This workshop will be presented by Robert B. Acton, Principal & Founder of Cause Strategy Parners and BoardLead.

Area of Excellence: Governance

Level: Advanced Prior Knowledge (401 level): Attendees should have advanced knowledge of the subject area before arriving. (Presenters will not define all words; will not include basic information on the subject; and will answer basic questions after the end of the session).

Please Note: This meeting is open to both current NPCC nonprofit members and non-member organizations and may be limited to ONE person per organization due to space constraints. If your organization is not a current nonprofit member of NPCC, you can visit for more information on joining NPCC.

This workshop is free for NPCC members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please visit:

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