The Foundation Center, Making the Transition from a Founding Board to a Sustaining Board
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When: 06/12/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Foundation Center Northeast
32 Old Slip
24th Floor
New York, New York  10005
United States

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Virtually every non-profit organization began in the same way.  An individual or a small group identified an important social need and decided to form an organization to address that need. A board of directors was recruited, commonly consisting of friends, family and supporters.

Board members tend to view their role as being supporters of the founder and may serve as volunteers in every area, from financial management to delivering programs.

Once the organization is able to hire staff, however, continuation of this structure can lead to challenges to the board’s role as an independent fiduciary for the achievement of the mission, especially to the extent that the board accepts a “follow-the-leader” approach to its role.

This workshop will provide an analysis of these challenges and steps that can be taken to build the foundation for a board that will sustain and guide the organization into the future.

About the Presenter:

Michael Davidson is a consultant specializing in nonprofit board development, management support, leadership transition, and executive coaching for nonprofit managers.  He has over 30 years experience in nonprofit board and managerial leadership and has provided board training and retreat facilitation for more than 150 nonprofit organizations, enabling them to translate passion for the mission into effective leadership strategies.  For more details, see:

Michael is the former Chair of Governance Matters, designed and led the Board Candidate Training for the Board Serve NYC program of the United Way of New York City, is a member of the Selection Committee for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards and is the lead NYC trainer for the Board Lead program of Cause Strategy. He is also a member of the faculty of the Adelphi University Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

Michael has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, an Assistant District Attorney and an attorney in private practice. He holds a BS in mathematics from New York State University College on Long Island, a JD from Columbia Law School and an M. Ph in Anthropology from Yale University.


  • Build the foundation for a board that will sustain and guide an organization into the future

Intended Audience

Board members
CEOs, executive directors, upper management
Nonprofit startups

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