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North Park University - Chicago North Park University - Chicago

The Three G’s of Board Service: Give, Get or Get Off


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9 a.m. - Noon

Half-Day Workshop: $90

About this Session: Which one of the three G’s applies to your board? It may sound harsh but when board members agree to serve, they should be committing to being ambassadors and fundraisers. Your board is the greatest resource for unrestricted and untapped dollars. Is it time to clarify expectations and more effectively manage board contributions, fundraising and accountability? It doesn’t have to be awkward conversation, but a conversation must take place. From time to time, a refresher is necessary. While we all intuitively understand that more financial support equals greater impact, the road to 100% board giving can be a winding one. This session will focus on strategies for organizations that have a give or get board policy or are ready to implement one with their board. Included in this session is a follow-up coaching call with the presenter.

Who Should Participate: Board chairs, executive directors and development staff

Deidra SomervilleAbout the Presenter: Mary F. Morten, President, Morten Group LLC, has over 20 years of executive leadership at nonprofits and a past mayoral appointment in city government that provides clients with a unique skill set and access to decision makers. The firm’s scope of work includes organizational development (focused on board accountability and resources acquisition), strategic alliances, succession planning and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Morten Group works with national organizations, foundations and for-profit entities. In 2017, Morten Group begins its 16th year of work supporting organizations, strategic alliances and social justice movements.

Mary has served as board chair, associate director and interim executive director for the Chicago Foundation for Women, one of the world’s largest women’s foundations. She is a past director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Prior to this position, Mary was an appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley and served as a director/liaison for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. An award winning filmmaker, Mary is currently in production on a sequel to Woke Up Black, a documentary chronicling the lives of five black youth. Mary has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the 2017 Women in Film Focus award, and the 2014 YLeadership Award from the YWCA Evanston/Northshore for her work her work on racial justice and women’s empowerment. Mary holds a BA from Loyola University of Chicago, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits.

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