For organizations engaged in pro-local business organizing, AMIBA offers a one-day or half-day seminar to increase board effectiveness, educate board members on their legal responsibility to the organization and to develop a work plan which the board can use over the following 12 months to track their performance and accomplish agreed upon goals and tasks.

Sessions can range from 2 to 7 hours. An expansive full-day workshop outline is provided below.


Workshop Goals:

  • Orient potential new board members
  • Convey connection to larger regional and national movement
  • Provide a thorough understanding of the legal responsibilities of board members
  • Do’s and don’ts for board members
  • Build a more connected and cohesive team of board members
  • Yield a more effective board, producing and delivering stronger performance and results for the organization and mission


Sample Outline:

8:30 – Breakfast / Networking

9:00 – Welcome, Introductions & Goals for the Day

9:30 – Board Basics

  • Overview of nonprofit organizations including c3 and c6 structure
  • Legal responsibility of board members
  • Legal status of local host
  • Dos and don’ts for board members

10:15 – The Localization Movement and Accomplishments of Host Organization

  • History and status of independent business organizing
  • Peer networks
  • Overview of key organizations working in the space directly or indirectly

10:45 – Organizational Overview for Local Host

  • History of organization
  • Current status of organization
  • Annual budget
  • Programming
  • Board & staff

11:30 – Lunch

12:00 – Mission & Vision

  • Review & discuss current mission & vision statements
  • Discuss how existing programming fits to mission & vision

1:00 – Organizational Planning for coming year

  • Set goals for local host board for coming year
  • Develop work plan and responsibility matrix for board for coming year

2:15 – Break

2: 30 – Financial Planning for coming year

  • Set financial goals for local host in coming year
  • Develop work plan and responsibility matrix for financial performance in coming year

3:30 –  Meeting Evaluation & Review of Action Items/Timeline

4:00 – End / Social Gathering

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