Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series


Who should come to this series?  Anyone in nonprofit, but particularly board members and potential board members.

What's new this year? So much good stuff!

  • We're asking for your assistance in being good stewards!  If you are purchasing the Series Package option for yourself or for your organization, we're asking you to appoint one contact person in your organization who will confirm attendance of someone at least 5 days in advance of the session.  This helps us to ensure that we do not over- or under-estimate food or materials, and it helps our presenters better prepare to deliver their best to you. 
  • All registrations are handled quickly, securely, and simply online with our shopping cart system.  You add any session you want to your "cart," then complete a registration form and "checkout" with Paypal or a major credit card.
  • This year's series is built around the Steven Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and is meant to help you deepen your nonprofit professional skill set by combining theory, practice, and a layered learning approach to every session
  • Some sessions may have pre-work so that you can really apply what you learn when you leave.

How do I get the most of out this series?  1) come to every session yourself because you will find that the learning builds on what came before and prepares you for what is to come; and 2) registering for all 9 sessions at once is the most cost-effective option (saving you $30)

What is the cost?  Register for all 9 sessions for $150.00, a discount of $30.00, or register for sessions individually at a cost of $20 per session.  Major credit cards and Paypal are accepted through the online registration system (scroll to the registration buttons).

Where do the sessions take place?  All sessions take place at the Lafayette Country Club

What are the dates and times? All sessions begin promptly at 11:00 a.m..  We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in, get coffee, and get a good seat.  We break for lunch at approximately noon, and resume at 12:30 p.m. (athough some lunch periods may be working sessions).  Sessions conclude at 2:00 p.m.

  • February 7:  Next Level Leadership
  • March 7: Marketing Magic
  • April 4: Measure What Matters
  • May 2: From Paper to Practice - Strategic Plan Implementation
  • June 6: Diverse Board, Strong Board
  • August 8: Nonprofit Finance Demystified
  • September 5: Data in a Digital Age
  • October 3: Building a Strategic Board
  • November 7: No More Bored Boards

How can I learn more about the topics and presenters?  Click here to learn more

I have registration questions or need help.  Whom do I contact?  Please contact IUW Outreach Manager John Ferguson at john.ferguson@iuw.org or call 317-660-8409 (office direct) for questions about registration.  Contact Leslie Fernung, Grants and Scholarships Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette at leslie@cfglaf.org or call 765-742-9078 for inquiries about the Douglas W. Eberle Board Governance Series or other Foundation programs..  

See our FAQs page for more answers about registration and related items

How do I use this online registration system?   This system functions just like an online shopping cart for your favorite store: make your selection(s) and load your cart.  To "check out," you'll go to your cart (there will be a yellow square that says "cart" in the upper right hand corner of your screen) and follow the prompts to pay.  When you've completed the transaction, you'll get a confirmation email  Note that if you select the "Series Package Option" (meaning purchasing all the sessions in a series at one time), you will fill out your registration form as part of your check-out process.  If you want to purchase one or some of the sessions, you will complete and submit your registration form in order to get the link to load your shopping cart.  If you run into problems or just want someone to help walk you through the steps, give us a call at 317-660-8409!

   Chief Operating Officer, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Chief Operating Officer, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

February 7 - Next Level Leadership                                          presented by marilyn kuhn    

Effective leaders are visionaries who inspire others to bring their best to the game. Irrespective of your leadership experience, this session will bring a fresh perspective by exploring the universal traits strong leaders share and giving you the tools to create a personal power plan.

About Marilyn                                                                                                               Marilyn is an expert coach and facilitator in the areas of leadership development, process improvement, team building, and strategic planning.  Some of her most notable engagements include "Teaching and Assessing Leadership & Professional Skills," presented at the International Leadership Association Conference in Toronto, and "Making Process Improvement Manageable," presented at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education.  

   Leslie Galbreath, CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

Leslie Galbreath, CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

March 7 - Marketing magic                                                          presented by Leslie Galbreath  in conjunction with the Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter    

Good marketing is more than a slick ad or a well-placed billboard; it takes messaging that resonates and intentionality. Not a how-to, but a hands-on, this session will walk you through creating a realistic marketing and communications schedule that your organization can actually execute.

About Leslie                                                                                                           Leslie is an accredited public relations strategist with extensive experience in all facets of marketing communications. She consistently uses research and data to help global clients develop strategy, craft brand identities, sell complex products and build lifetime customer relationships.  With the launch of her bold, new venture, Magenta Marketing Communications, she collaborates with businesses and nonprofits outside the manufacturing sector, blending fresh ideas with proven strategies that make lives better.

   Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

April 4 - Measure What Matters                                                  resented by Laura Macknick    

While the money your organization raises or the number of people who benefit from your services is important, the difference you make is the metric that will really make yours a stand out organization! Learn simple but powerful ways to evaluate impact and communicate it to others.

About Laura                                                                                                            Laura is a firm believer in the importance of relationship-building to furthering important causes and has worked with a variety of philanthropic leaders to help them utilize their connections to make a difference in their communities.  In her time with higher education philanthropy and as a nonprofit leader herself, Laura managed fund development projects amounting to more than $42M and has personally been involved with closing over $19M in philanthropic gifts.  Currently, Laura consults privately with small nonprofits to develop plans for advancing their fundraising and communications efforts.

   Maureen Noe, President & CEO, Indiana United Ways

Maureen Noe, President & CEO, Indiana United Ways

May 2 - From Paper to Practice                                                                            presented by Maureen Noe   

Have you sat through strategy session after strategy session only to have your strategic plan end up as a door stop? Dust it off, give it a re-read, then join us to get real advice about how to actually implement your strategic plan and see some results!

About Maureen                                                                                                                      Maureen is a professional leader with 28 years of nonprofit management experience: 23 years in the United Way system and 6 in healthcare. She has led volunteer-driven nonprofits and complex, multi-million dollar, community-focused organizations. She is an expert in organizational development and community engagement. Her drive is to positively affect local communities through systems change, quality improvement practices. She strives to be a data-centric, servant leader who is both visionary and inclusive in her leadership style.

   Aaron Eckhardt, Associate Director, BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)

Aaron Eckhardt, Associate Director, BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)

June 6 - Diverse Board, strong board                                                           presented by Aaron eckhardt  

Board diversity and inclusion is a philosophical position and an economic issue.  Diverse boards better represent their communities, are more efficient, have a wider talent pool, and can bring more resources into an organization. What's more, these boards better represent and relate to the beneficiaries of their programs and services. Find out how to move your board from talking about diversity to living it.

About Aaron                                                                                                                                        On staff with BRAVO since 2011, Aaron provides administration of programs, oversees daily operations, and is a lead trainer of the organization's Training and Technical Assistance programs.  As an MSW, Aaron has spent years developing and delivering cultural competency/humility and anti-oppression trainings and technical assistance to organizations throughout the United States.

   Bill Stancyzkiewicz, Director, The Fund Raising School

Bill Stancyzkiewicz, Director, The Fund Raising School

August 8 - Nonprofit finance demystified                                                 presented by Bill Stancyzkiewicz  

Are nonprofit finances a mystery? Is planned giving baffling?  This session is dedicated to unraveling the language of nonprofit finance, exploring planned giving and endowments, and interpreting financial documents and reports for sound decision-making.  Learn how to evaluate funding sources based on the costs and benefits associated with them!

About Bill                                                                                                                                        Before becoming the director of The Fund Raising School, Bill served for many years as the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.  Bill, who also serves as a senior lecturer in Philanthropic Studies on behalf of Indiana University, has been distinguished as a "Next Generation Leader" by the Rockefeller Foundation, presented at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth,  and was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Office of the Governor of Indiana.

   Lucia Downton, VP Technology and Operations, United Way of Central Indiana

Lucia Downton, VP Technology and Operations, United Way of Central Indiana

September 5 - Data in the digital Age                                                                       presented by lucia "lucy" downton & panelists

Paperless is here to stay. Yet, few nonprofits have the technological know-how or funds for state-of-the-art technology to protect digital data.  At the same time, we are legally obligated to protect sensitive information.  The question, then, is: In the age of ransomware, malware, and limited IT dollars, how should nonprofits respond? 

About Lucy                                                                                                                                      Lucia "Lucy" Downton, a member of the Tobias Leadership Network, was recognized as a 2017 Chief Technology Officer of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal, In her role with UWCI, Lucy is intimately involved with data security protections and fraud prevention for a vast network of employees and donors.  She is particularly astute at recognizing network and technology vulnerabilities and addressing them using efficient, practical, and cost-effective methods.  With UWCI for nearly 20 years, Lucy's background is in engineering.  Before coming to United Way, Lucy was an engineer with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and also served as a nuclear power plant quality assurance officer.  

   Lanton Lee, Mid Central USA Area Director, Kiwanis International

Lanton Lee, Mid Central USA Area Director, Kiwanis International

October 3 - Building a Strategic Board                                                                        presented by Lanton Lee

Board best practices aren't just for newbies!  Whether you're new to a board of directors or have served for years, this session is a great way to get a handle on what's expected, how board service looks different today compared to even just a decade ago, and map your personal board journey.

About Lanton                                                                                                                                    Lanton is a visionary leader committed to growing and developing both the programs and people with whom he works. A presence with Kiwanis International since 2002, his role as Area Director can best be described as that of political strategist-meets-corporate trainer-meets governance expert.  He travels throughout the Mid-Central region of the U.S., advising regional Kiwanis leadership on board governance best practices, strategies to enhance and strengthen membership, and effectively engage the community to improve the lives of children and youth. Lanton holds an MBA  from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

   Lori Danielson, Principal and CEO, GoTime Coaching, LLC

Lori Danielson, Principal and CEO, GoTime Coaching, LLC

November 7 - No more bored boards                                                                     presented by lori danielson

Keeping board, staff, and stakeholders engaged is easier than you think; but it does take planning and intentionality.  Join us to find out how to keep people motivated and excited about your mission.  Learn how to make way for new ideas while preserving tradition.  

About Lori                                                                                                                                          As the former Vice President of Operations for the Clabber Girl Corporation and the Senior Vice President and  Corporate Marketing Director for Old National Bancorp, Lori brings an incredible level of expertise in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, brand management, and leadership development.  As both a consultant who assists organizations in realizing their vision and a board member herself, she has a unique perspective on board engagement.  Currently, Lori serves as the Board of Trustees Chair for Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute, Executive Board and Strategic Planning Chair for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board for the Vigo County Education Foundation, President of the Board for Camp Navigate, Board Director for Art Spaces, and Board Member for Launch, Terre Haute.

The Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series is presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette through a grant from North Central Health Services and in conjunction with United Way of Greater Lafayette and Indiana United Ways.

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