Governance and Nonprofit Boards
ESC emphasizes an inclusive and dynamic process that leads to the creation of a strategic plan that is focused on sustainable implementation. It is our belief that effective strategic planning helps an organization gain clarity and alignment not only on programmatic goals and objectives, but on developing the systems, human capital, and metrics to support the plan. In today’s turbulent environment, ESC supports nonprofits in a variety of processes that lead to making appropriate and timely strategy decisions.
Executive transition is a powerful moment in an organization’s life for change. Leadership turnovers are moments in a nonprofit’s life of both vulnerability (the potential loss of donors and momentum) and opportunity for renewal (an updated vision that re-energizes staff and board). ESC helps in developing Executive Transitions, with a menu of services that include: succession planning, executive search, organizational turn-around and re-alignment, and interim executive placements
In almost all of our areas of focus, we work with boards—because boards are crucial to Executive Transition, financial planning, fundraising, strategic plans, diversity, public policy development, and leadership development. We consult directly with nonprofit boards as well as conduct research on governance and work with groups of board members.
• Assess your board’s composition and effectiveness
• Review organizational structure
• Clarify board and staff roles and responsibilities
• Establish an effective board committee structure
• Learn to use “ad hoc” committees
• Develop a board manual
• Create board member orientation and training program
• Establish board self-evaluation procedures