The Dodge Board Leadership series is designed to ensure that staff and board teams carve out invaluable focused time and gain new tools to help develop effective, strategic, and mission-driven boards. 

This series requires a significant commitment from both staff and board. Each organization can send a minimum of two and up to three participants for the in-person workshops. Your team including the executive director and board president must commit to attending all seven Foundational Workshops to participate in the leadership series and for your organization to qualify for a “Day of Clarity” Retreat upon completion of the series. One additional board member may attend Foundational Workshops, and this spot may rotate depending on the topic. For example, the development committee chair may join the team for the fundraising workshop or the governance committee chair may join the team for the diversity, equity, and inclusion workshop.

The registration for the 2019-2020 series was October 10, 2019. Each workshop is limited to about 30 participants.  Registration does not guarantee participation in the series; your team will receive a final confirmation email if accepted.

Breakfast and lunch are provided at these workshops, which are held at locations which are ADA accessible.

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Getting Started: How Good Organizations Get Better
Saturday, October 26, 2019 (Morristown)


This full-day workshop led by Dodge’s former President and CEO sets the stage for the entire Board Leadership series by exploring essential questions of organizational development, culture, and performance. 

David will give an overview of the mutually-reinforcing tasks that organizations have to “get right” in order to be effective in pursuing their missions: leadership, management, program design, financial sustainability, culture, and assessment -- all integrated by the values and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Then he will focus on two foundational mental models: nonprofit lifecycles, which helps explain the predictable challenges that nonprofit staff and board members face as they grow and evolve, and formative assessment, which encourages us how to plan backwards from a vision of success, and create ways to “measure what matters” most to your organization.  We will treat change as something we design, rather than something that happens to us, and try to model an approach to creating a learning culture that will help your organization prepare for the transformative impact of the workshops to follow.



The Board Bootcamp
Saturday, November 16, 2019 (Morristown)


The Board Bootcamp provides a definitive foundation of best practices for effective and satisfying nonprofit board participation. This full-day, interactive experience will deliver a comprehensive overview to help new and seasoned board members increase their capacity to be purposeful and fulfilled leaders. Content will include an overview of board roles and responsibilities, legal liability, fundraising, financial management, board development, strategic planning, and the board’s relationship with the executive director. This workshop touches on every area of board governance needed to excel as a strong board and will help your team target areas to focus on for the rest of the series.

Snow Date: November 19, 2020

Leading for High Impact (Part 1): The Critical Role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, December 12, 2019 (Morristown)


As the policy-making entity at the highest level of organizational leadership, boards play a critical role in creating an organization's values-driven culture.  Whether hiring the executive director, developing a strategic plan, or determining the allocation of resources, the board’s leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity is critical to effective board functioning and serving the diverse communities of New Jersey. This workshop will help attendees understand how diversity, inclusion, and equity issues influence organizational culture and increase mission-impact. 

Through a highly engaging day of exploration, participants will understand how diversity, equity, and inclusion play out at both interpersonal and organizational levels, study and reflect on models to develop more competency to interact across differences, explore actionable next steps, and gain practical tools to bring this important conversation back to their larger board and staff. This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced learners alike, as it provides foundational diversity, equity, and inclusion information that is explored and applied in relationship to your organizational values, missions, policies and practices. 

Snow Date:  December 17, 2020

The Board’s Role in Fundraising
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (Monroe Township)


Promoting a nonprofit’s impact is a major role for every board member, and this often includes identifying and cultivating donors. Participating in fundraising often feels like a challenge, however, and can become a point of tension between board and staff. This full-day workshop provides board members with a greater understanding of how fundraising actually works, and offers tools to build their confidence and participation. We’ll cover current trends in philanthropy, options for organizing board fundraising work, and skills in cultivating and soliciting gifts both large and small. The board/staff teams that attend will leave with new ideas about how to engage the whole board in fundraising, and action steps for sharing what they have learned with the rest of the board.


 Snow Date:  January 21, 2020

Leading for High Impact (Part 2): Creating a Culture of Equity
Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Morristown)


Building on the first Leading for High Impact workshop, this workshop will dig deeper into how boards can support creation of an organizational culture that reflects their diversity, inclusion, and equity values and goals. Through a highly interactive and experiential session, participants will explore how to align intent and impact related to interpersonal relationships and issues of accountability with each other, clients, constituents and community members; explore types and sources of individual, institutional, and systemic power, and discuss systems change and change management strategies through an equity lens. 



Recruiting and Retaining Effective Board Members
Thursday, April 29, 2020 (Monroe Township)


It’s an ongoing challenge to build a board of qualified individuals who bring the appropriate skills, temperament, expectations, and passion to the organization while also ensuring that the board is reflective of the constituency you serve. Once you have strong board members, how do you keep them motivated and content? This full- day workshop will provide practical tools to help design a culture of board assessment and development that fuels healthy organizations. Participants will learn how to monitor and build their boards’ profiles in terms of skill, experience, expertise, and demographics; explore strategies to recruit new board candidates; develop effective board member orientation; manage officer and committee chair succession and board performance appraisals; and run productive meetings.



Turning Learning Into Action
Saturday, May 16, 2020 (Morristown)


This closing workshop synthesizes the learning from the previous workshops and provides practical steps for incorporating those learnings into the governance and day-to-day lives of our organizations. We close the series with a bias toward action in integrating diversity, inclusion, and equity into organizational strategy and culture while focusing on leadership, management and governance, and organizational excellence. We will discuss how change happens - and why it often doesn’t happen - and decide what principles and tools will be most useful to our individual organizations. And we leave with a clear vision with what success will look like for each of us in the years ahead and the ways we can support each other in achieving it.

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Judy Ha Kim

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The Geraldine R. Dodge’s Technical Assistance Workshops are recorded on audiotape and videotape for archival, broadcast, non-broadcast and internet distribution. As a member of the workshop audience, you grant the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and its licensees permission to use your voice and image on audiotapes, videotapes and photographs, and in educational publications and all media.