Webinar Series: Nonprofit Board Governance, Management & Best Practices
Before you Say “Yes” to serving on the Board, know what is expected
The Virginia State Bar, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and Sands Anderson PC are pleased to announce a FREE 3-part webinar series for nonprofit board members, executive directors, officers, attorneys and other key players in the nonprofit field.
The webinars listed below focus on what nonprofit leaders and board members need for effective governance and best practices. Join us by registering today!
All programs qualify for MCLE credit. There is no registration fee for the webinars; however, attorneys participating will be asked to certify during registration that they will accept a pro bono referral from a pro bono legal services organization or, in the alternative, make a financial contribution to a pro bono legal services organization.
Part 3 of 3: Board Governance and Leadership – 9 Key Components
November 19, 2014
Presenters: Phyllis Katz, Jesse Bausch, Ali Fannon
Nonprofits operate in a highly regulated and very transparent environment. In deciding to serve, it is more than just doing good and/or giving financial support; a board member has an unique stewardship role in the organization. This webinar will introduce the participants to the top nine good governance practices that are hallmarks of successful nonprofits boards: (1) board recruitment and orientation; (2) the significance of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws; (3) committee structure and board oversight; (4) delegation and accountability of the Officers and CEO; (5) liability and indemnification; (6) the importance of Form 990; (7) oversight of revenue activities and fundraising; (8) protection of assets; (9) annual registrations and reports.
Part 1 of 3: Board Service – The Duties and Responsibilities as a Board Member
September 23, 2014
Presenters: Phyllis Katz, Ali Fannon, Elizabeth Gunn
We may be asked to serve on the board of our swim club, food bank, church, YMCA, hospital, day care center, or countless other nonprofits within our community. Our commitment to community service is a core value. With commitment and pride, we accept. However, in accepting, we assume duties as board members, many of which have little to do with raising money. The law imposes on each board member three fiduciary duties – the duty of obedience, the duty of care, and the duty of loyalty. This webinar will provide an overview of the law of nonprofit organizations and discuss how each of these duties comes into play as we exercise our role of director or trustee. Nonprofit organizations are highly complex organizations bound by many laws. This webinar will give you a framework for being a valuable, effective board member.
Part 2 of 3: Ethical Duties of Attorneys as Director or Pro Bono Lawyer
October 15, 2014
Presenters: Jim McCauley, Ann Hodges, Faith Alejandro
For attorneys, working with a nonprofit organization can be a rewarding way to serve the community and meet pro bono obligations. Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct sets forth a commitment of 2% of the lawyer’s professional time. Many nonprofits are eager to work with lawyers, either as board members, counsel to the nonprofit, cooperating referral attorneys, or all of the above. While many ethical issues that arise in the context of nonprofits mirror those that arise in a lawyer’s practice outside the nonprofit context, there are some issues that are unique to nonprofits. Also, many in the bar provide pro bono services through volunteering at Legal Aid or directly through their firm. This webinar will focus on the ethical expectations of attorneys providing pro bono services in either capacity.