Helping nonprofit leaders do better at doing good

Building for an Inclusive Nonprofit Board

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Calabasas Campus -- Pepperdine University
26750 Agoura Road Calabasas, CA 91302

Individual Members: No Additional Fee
Organizational Members: No Additional Fee
Non-Members: AFP Member: $25; Non-Member $55


About this event

This workshop is being offered through a collaboration by Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapters), and Pepperdine University's Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative.

Research shows that governance is enhanced, community connection and responsiveness increased, and the mission of the organization is strengthened when nonprofit organizations and the Boards invest in diversity, equity and inclusion.  This involves practices much broader than just building a “representative” Board to guide the organization. It is about cultivating a Board that celebrates differences and seeks to build policies and a culture that draw on the unique insights and lived experiences of all its members.

During this session, participants will:

  • Assess the various types of diversity and what is appropriate for nonprofits
  • Examine the process of creating an ideal Board and the role specific audit tools can play in directing effective Board recruitment
  • Explore a real-world case study review on how to establish, take action, and manage for effective inclusion throughout your organization

Organizational teams are encouraged to attend.

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Ruth Bernstein

Dr. Ruth Sessler Bernstein is an Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at the Pepperdine University.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS from Brown University both in Geology. Subsequently she received a MA in Philanthropy from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy and a Doctorate of Management from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

She was an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma (2015-2020). Her publication and research interests focus on (1) diversity and inclusive interactions, and (2) nonprofit governance. In 2021, her book Performance Through Diversity and Inclusion: Leveraging Organizational Practices for Equity and Results was published with co-authors Judy Weisinger and Paul Salipante.  Dr. Bernstein is a regular presenter at ARNOVA (Association for Research in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and AOM (Academy of Management). 

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