How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board©

How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board©

A Board Chair’s Guide to Succeed, Not Just Survive Today’s Challenging Times

An eight-module online course that members of your Board can take from their home, office or mobile device.
Topics covered include:

  • Characteristics of high performing nonprofit boards,
    and the common obstacles to high performance
  • The role and responsibilities of the nonprofit board
    chair, and what characterizes a high performing chair
  • Board leadership succession
  • Board recruitment, reappointment and best practices
  • The board and CEO relationship
  • Today’s executive leadership competencies
  • The board’s role in strategic planning
  • The board’s role in strategic planning
  • Would your board rather have a root canal than
    raise money?
  • Addressing difficult board member behavior
  • Measuring and evaluating the board’s annual performance

This online course provides your board with a one-year license to provide board orientation, ongoing board governance educational tools and answers to the many challenges your board might need to address. You can register up to 18 individuals who can take the course from their office, home or mobile app. Each member will also receive a course handbook and an individualized certificate of completion. In addition, the purchase of each course includes 60 minutes of FREE virtual consultation with Dennis to discuss any issues or answer any questions. Each of the 8 modules presents questions for your board to discuss as a group throughout the year at each of your board meetings. Completing this course will enable your board members to feel a greater sense of self-confidence and will find their service on your board more enjoyable and meaningful. Your board will mature and learn how to transition beyond the traditional roles of fiduciary, business and strategic advisors to be one of being in a “true partnership with the CEO” providing leadership in helping your organization achieve your strategic vision and goals. The ultimate beneficiaries will be those you serve in your community, whether global, national or local.

Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

What if you could learn some nonprofit board governance best practices that could make it easier for you and your board to help your nonprofit organization succeed, would you be willing to take the challenge?

I recently completed the training “How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board”. This training covered the characteristics and obstacles of being a high performing board. Yes, this training should be an essential component of the new board member orientation, and can be very useful for long serving board members. The key topics can lead to a very rich discussion and learning by board members. I also believe this training is essential for Chief Executive Officers that report to the board – whether you are just beginning in your job, or a veteran. I look forward to utilizing the wealth of resources Dennis C. Miller has to offer to nonprofit leaders to move our agency mission forward.

Laura Heintz, Psy.D.

CEO – Stanford Sierra Youth & Families

How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board is an outstanding course for board members and executive leaders in the nonprofit sector who want to be successful, especially in the world of philanthropy. From now on I think we should be calling you Professor Miller. Well done Dennis! Your mastery of the subject matter and based on your deep portfolio of experience comes through loud and clear. What is especially beneficial is the brevity and succinct way you break through the rhetoric and articulate the essentials. In all, bravo! And very sincere thanks for creating this course, which I highly recommend to nonprofit leaders everywhere.

Dan Sorrenti, Founding Partner & President
Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc.

Wishing I had the benefit of this digestible yet comprehensive governance overview when I began working with boards. Dennis’ online course provides organizational defining fundamentals that shouldn’t be left to figure out “on the job” or by stringing together issue centric best practice sessions more typically offered in conferences. The clarity and ease of use makes this resource valuable to the newer practitioner, to the seasoned practitioner as a refresher, or to the best intentioned boards that have simply lost their way and need to get back to the center.

David L. Flood
AHP’s 201 Si Seymour Award recipient for his distinguished leadership in the healthcare philanthropy community

How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board© identifies and encourages us to examine the areas critical to the optimal performance of non-profit boards. In this course, Dennis asks the tough questions in a respectful and non-threatening way. This course touches all the bases of non-profit board performance and will place you firmly on the road of improved board outcomes, for those of you truly committed to them. I strongly urge you to purchase this course.

Stephen N. Lawrence, Ph.D., MPA, Chair, Committee on Trustees and Board Governance
Bonnie Brae School

Dennis Miller has created a wonderfully informative and instructive resource for nonprofit executives and boards in his new online course “How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board©”. The course is full of great information and tips that will assist executives and board members at all levels of their board development. The videos are engaging and matched well with a companion handbook I found the questions at the end of each module to be excellent for both stimulating discussion as well as a sound exercise in determining the functioning of the board and CEO. Many thanks to Dennis for sharing his sound knowledge and experience!

Allison Blake, PhD MSW, Chief Executive Officer
Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut

Dennis Miller’s course on “How to Become a High Performing Board©” is a wonderful tool for both new and more experienced board members as well as for board chairs. Dennis’ insights, which have developed from his wide experience with both for profit and not for profit entities, provides great clarity to any board member as to individual director responsibilities, and the best methods of enhancing the performance for their boards.

Edward W. Ahart, Esq., Board Chair
Fannie Ripple Foundation

Dennis Miller brings his extensive experience and his compelling style to the question of how a nonprofit board can become a high performing board. He hits all the right points, and helps the viewer understand how each aspect of board operations fits into the whole nonprofit experience. This online course, How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board©, will be helpful to almost every board member – new and experienced.

Jim Purcell, President & CEO
Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies of New York

Dennis Miller has done it again – his own version of pushing a Board from good to great. In his new series of “How to Become a High Performing Board©”, Dennis illustrates some of the most basic and strong practices needed by all non-profit Boards. Whether an experienced Board Chair or newer Board member, this is a valuable tool in helping to transition your Board to greater philanthropy opportunities, as well as the overall importance of Board impact on your organization. The success of your Board – and its leadership to the organization’s mission – is critical. Dennis’ focus on Leadership Development, Board Governance, Philanthropy and Succession Planning is a true win for all non-profit Boards.

Todd Shellenberger, Vice President of Development
Make-A-Wish America

I highly recommend Dennis Miller’s online course, ‘How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board©.” The need for our programs in the social service or nonprofit sector is greater than ever. Our Board of Directors must be a diverse group of highly engaged, (without being micro-managers) leaders willing to step up no matter what the issue is, and work like a team. A tall order for busy professionals. While there’s a lot of training out there most board members don’t have the time to read tons of material or attend classes. Dennis Miller, a seasoned nonprofit leader, understands this dynamic and has developed an online video course that covers the basics in a little over an hour. Each of the 6 modules ranging from a few minutes each to 16 minutes. will give your nonprofit board members the foundation they need to help your board work together with your organization to truly make a difference.

Blair Schleischer Bravo, Chief Executive Officer
Morris Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

As a long term volunteer for over 40 years in numerous not-for-profit organizations including business/trade associations such as chambers of commerce, as well as both charitable & educational institutions, I found Dennis Miller’s new online course ‘How To Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board’ to be an excellent source of timeless information that is loaded with best practices for any board looking to improve upon its effectiveness. I highly recommend it to any Board member and/or CEO who is looking to educate new or experienced individuals in all areas of effective board governance, leadership development strategic planning as well as succession planning.

Walter Brasch CPA, CGMA
Prager Metis, CPAs LLC
Chief Success Officer

I had the pleasure of taking the Dennis C. Miller course “How to Become a High Performing Nonprofit Board”. I highly recommend this course to anyone serving on or running a nonprofit board who is looking to improve and energize their board. Whether it be leadership succession, how to activate board committees or to understand the roles of board chair, CEO and members, this course is well worth taking. It’s gives great guidance on how to educate, engage and challenge everyone.

Hal English
President & CEO
Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber

Walter Brasch, CPA, CGMA

Chief Success Officer
Prager Metis, CPAs LLC

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