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Pssst… Wanna Join a Nonprofit Board?

LloydBy Stacy Lloyd, Class 28
Lloyd Media Group

Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program.  The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership. 

It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. -Albert Einstein

Serving on a nonprofit Board is a great way to “put back.” But first, read this blog!

Our last Scottsdale Leadership class was Boardsmanship Day. Honestly, I was fairly confident; it was going to be bor-ring. Imagine my surprise, when it was the exact opposite.

Board Panel Our panel – charged with teaching us the roles, responsibilities and expectations of serving on nonprofit Boards – was a who’s who in the world of Arizona nonprofits. Steve Davidson, Class 10 (CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale), Pam Gaber (CEO, Gabriel’s Angels), Patricia Lewis (ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation) and Eileen Rogers, Class 2 (nonprofit Board all-star) emphasized that it’s important to do your homework before serving on a Board.

Say you’ve found the nonprofit of your dreams. You’ve heard wonderful things about it. You’re eager to join the Board. Whoa… not so fast! Having passion for a nonprofit is critical, but so is doing your due diligence. There are essential things to grasp before joining a Board for the first time. Here goes….

You definitely want to meet the Executive Director.

It’s imperative to know that as a Board member, you are a fiduciary. You’re managing assets for another party, often with the legal authority and duty to make decisions regarding financial matters on behalf of the other party. No matter how the organization is structured or the degree of authority delegated to staff or committees, the Board and therefore the individual members are ultimately accountable.

Inquire if the organization has proper insurance coverage. Patricia Lewis said, “Don’t join a Board unless it has directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.”

Ask financial questions as it’s your responsibility to understand the Board’s financial statements. If you notice any red flags, stay away.

Board members must understand the facts and circumstances of accounting issues and the overall financial health of the organization. To do this, Board members must be actively engaged in the governance process. This means getting educated on Board governance and the nonprofit’s bylaws.

Ask about the Board term length and the expected time commitment. Don’t join something if you don’t have the time to serve. Oh, and be careful of any conflicts of interest.

Wait – you’re not done yet. Our experts said to test-drive the Board first. Join one of the nonprofit’s committees. You can see firsthand the organization’s inner workings. Plus decide if the current Board members are people you want to work alongside.

Don’t go blindly into joining a nonprofit Board. Put on your extra-strength spectacles and do your due diligence.

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Scottsdale Leadership Class 27 Pays it Forward With Six Community Service Projects

Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 27 is poised to leave a lasting legacy.  They recently announced the themes of their Pay it Forward projects, hands-on community service endeavors designed to leave a sustainable and impactful footprint on the community. The class has been divided into six teams to implement the following service projects:

Celebrity Bigs 4 Littles: A Mentor Recruitment Event Connecting Boys to Big Brothers
In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona, the goal of this team is to create an annual program that focuses on recruiting critically needed male mentors (Bigs) to help reduce the more than 250 boys (Littles) on the Greater Phoenix waiting list.  The first annual Bigs 4 Littles free event will include food, prizes, and autograph and photo opportunities with major league sport celebrities, mascots and cheerleaders.
Where: Amazing Jakes Food & Fun; 1830 East Baseline Road, Mesa
When: Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. – Noon; Light breakfast fare & buffet lunch to be provided.
More Details and Registration:http://Bigs4Littles.org

Doggie Drive-In
Homeless shelters don’t accept pets …until now! Family Promise, which serves Greater Phoenix, wanted to launch an annual event that would initially demonstrate awareness of the importance of accommodating families with pets.  This team created the inaugural Doggie Drive-In to provide the experience of being homeless in your car with your beloved four-legged family members.  The team is providing all logistics, event planning, marketing, public relations, sponsors and support for this free event (donations accepted).
Where: Scottsdale Community College; 9000 East Chaparral Road, Scottsdale
When: Saturday, March 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
More Details and Registration:http://doggiedrivein.com

Give Kids a Smile
This team is partnering with Arizona Dental Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, in an effort to make a difference in the lives of school-aged children, by offering free dental screenings.  This fun-filled event will give participating children the opportunity to be examined by several of the area’s top dentists, receive fluoride varnish and have X-rays taken, allowing for an internal view of the child’s overall oral health.  For those children who may be in need of further care, Arizona Dental Foundation will follow-up and coordinate additional care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.  In addition, participants will enjoy age-appropriate education on oral hygiene, character appearances, music and prizes.
Where: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Hartly & Ruth Barker Branch; 2311 North Miller Road, Scottsdale
When: Friday, March 22, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
To register a child: Interested participants need not be enrolled at the Boys & Girls Club to take part, but must provide parental consent forms in advance of the event.  Contact Marybell Ramirez-Deeds, Director of Outreach Services, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale at (480) 344-5590 or email mdeeds@bgcs.org by Monday, March 18, 2013 to sign up.

TLC (Teen Lifeline Central)
This team identified a disconnect between the vast services available to Scottsdale’s youth and their awareness of these services. TLC’s mission is to, literally, put these services at teens’ fingertips by developing Scottsdale’s first smart phone application geared specifically towards Scottsdale’s youth. The TLC app, backed by the venerable Scottsdale Prevention Institute as stakeholder, is a free, one-stop shop for Scottsdale’s youth which links them directly to those who can, and will, help.  Depression, eating disorders, crisis support, and job opportunities are just a few of the issues teens can gain information about via this application.  The app will be available for download in the Apple App Store by the end of March.

Plant a Seed
The focus of this project is to build and create an interactive garden program and curriculum for the Rose Lane Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale with future potential implementation at the other clubs.  The project includes a complete redesign of a current garden space for youth, an art mural focused on seasonal and local produce that will be utilized by the club for various learning and cooking classes.  There will also be an interactive online curriculum with an annual timeline for how, what and when to plant, and various kid-friendly activities that coincide with the seasonal planting requirements. The project will: 1) Teach children about the importance and benefits of a healthy, balanced lifestyle; 2) Instill responsibility and pride in the children who see, maintain and harvest the garden; and 3) encourage the children to take the knowledge of how to grow and prepare fresh food into their homes and establish home gardens. The unveiling of the new garden with the Green Thumbs Garden and Recycling Club at the Boys and Girls Club occurs in late March.

Life in a Box
This team partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale to launch “Life in a Box.” This project is a one-day workshop with local experts to empower youth with real-life skills they will need as they enter adulthood.  Topics include financial literacy, self-defense, social media skills, interview skills and healthy eating habits.  The keynote speaker will be Andrew Walter, former NFL quarterback and Arizona State University star athlete.
Where: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Virginia Piper Branch; 10515 East Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale
When: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

All six teams will showcase project results to the community with formal presentations on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. located at 19001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.  The public is invited to attend.  Project Pay It Forward Presentation Day is sponsored by the Scottsdale Charros and Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.  A panel of judges will evaluate the projects and the winning team will receive $2,000 from Scottsdale Leadership to be donated to the team’s benefiting organization.

About Scottsdale Leadership
Since 1987, Scottsdale Leadership has graduated more than 850 individuals who are prepared to take on leadership roles in an ever-changing world. Scottsdale Leadership alumni have had a significant impact on the Scottsdale community, spearheading preservation of open space; improving the education system; championing public art; mentoring at-risk youth; and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities. For more information, call the Scottsdale Leadership office at 480-627-6710, or visit, www.ScottsdaleLeadership.org

 

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Leadership Volunteer Opportunity

Kevin Patrick, Class 17

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is looking for a Board of Governor to join their team. The Clubs provide a positive, safe and fun environment to help Valley youth ages 6 to 18 develop qualities needed to reach their full potential. Today, the Clubs serve nearly 16,000 children and teenagers and offer more than 100 youth development programs to ensure their futures are bright.

Each Board of Governor is considered part of a network of working volunteers. The individual will serve on a standing committee which supports the organization with respect to facilities, programs, marketing, or human resources. Additionally, the Board of Governor will participate in at least one of the annual fundraising events. As well, through active support of the BGCGS fundraising efforts, the Board of Governor agrees to meet a $10,000 minimum annual financial support.

At a minimum, the Governor is expected to make a $1,000 leadership gift to the BGCGS Annual “Angels for Kids” Campaign.  Other financial support to meet the financial requirement are: support at special events, in-kind gifts, donations to the Foundation or Auxiliary, gifts or services that would otherwise be included in the BGCGS operating budget.

We are looking for excellent community partners, individuals who believe in the advocacy of the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and its youth development philosophy.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to join a strong and dedicated board, please contact Kevin Patrick at kpatrick@cox.net or (602) 573-6031.

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Russo and Steele Preview Charity Gala

Jeff Miller, Class 26
Senior Vice President Marketing and Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Russo and Steele has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for its annual Preview Charity Gala. The event will be held on Jan 18 to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life” program and will feature live entertainment, a hosted bar, and appetizers from some of the valley’s top chefs and a silent auction.

Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location:  Russo and Steele Event Site Main Tent, Mayo Blvd & Scottsdale Road
Tickets: $100

Only 750 spots are available for this exclusive event, which is open to corporate sponsors, registered bidders, and invited guests.  This extravaganza has been SOLD OUT each year. For more information or to purchase tickets visit: http://www.bgcs.org/

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