"Encouraging and supporting board service is a tool Blue Cross uses to develop its next generation of leaders. Blue Cross is particularly fond of On BOARD because it prepares candidates for board service…and builds camaraderie and personal and professional networks.”
- Paul Boulis, Former President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and former A&BC Board Member
Are You Board-Ready?
Participants graduate from On BOARD with concrete tools to help make decisions about the strategic, legal, financial, and operational direction of an arts organization. By the end of the program, participants report a high level of preparedness for board governance, and arts groups report the swift transition of On BOARD members in their new role as arts leaders. In fact, almost 50% of On BOARD graduates have been promoted to Executive Committee positions, often more rapidly than board members nominated through other processes.
The program consists of 5 five-hour training sessions and 2 networking sessions with the participating arts organizations. Candidates are also provided with evening and weekend opportunities to attend performances and other organizational events, make site visits, and attend board and committee meetings in order to observe boards in action.
The training sessions provide extensive instruction in the legal, ethical, and financial responsibilities of serving on a nonprofit arts board. Board governance experts, nonprofit arts leaders, and current board members offer varied and interactive coursework including experiential workshops, group discussions and case studies.
The four-month On BOARD program is offered twice a year, beginning in February and September, respectively.
The On BOARD Fall 2013 course dates are as follows:
Application Deadline: August 1, 2013
Saturday Sept 14, 9:00am-2:00pm
Session 1: Structure, Process & Practices of Non Profit Arts Organizations: An Overview
Saturday Oct 19, 9:00am-1:30pm
Session 2: Legal Responsibilities of Non Profit Boards
Saturday Nov 16, 9:00am-1:30pm
Session 3: Funding, Fundraising & Development
Saturday Dec 7, 9:00am-2:00pm
Session 4: Non Profit Finances & Fiduciary Responsibilities of Non Profit Boards
Thursday Jan 16, 4:30-8:00pm
Session 5: Executive Leadership, Board Structures & Committees
Meet & Greet Networking Sessions with Participating Arts Organizations:
Tuesday, Sept 17, 5:30-8:00pm Meet & Greet with On BOARD Arts Organizations (Part I)
Tuesday, Sept 24 , 5:30-8:00pm Meet & Greet with On BOARD Arts Organizations (Part II)
Employees participating in the On BOARD program help to expand their company’s sphere of influence in the community, while gaining exposure to a dynamic network of business and cultural professionals. Trainees are immersed in an enriching environment of individuals passionate about the arts and committed to making a difference in the community. They are able to translate the positive impact of this experience back to their professional duties.
Graduates unanimously report that their broadened exposure enriches both their business and personal lives. Participants often find themselves sitting beside classmates who, by day, are business leaders and potential clients or customers. Many class participants are referrals from prior?year trainees and from companies that see the value this program program brings over time to the leadership of their organization. Please consider adding On BOARD to your list of employee leadership development options.
On BOARD Program Fees
The total fee for the 4 month program is $2,000.
Many companies sponsor employee candidates because they recognize board service as a professional leadership development opportunity and a great way to gain corporate visibility in the community. There are a limited number of scholarships available for individuals working in the nonprofit or civic sectors, as well as for those who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their employer. On BOARD recommends pursuing sponsorship before applying to the program and can provide documents to assist with this process.
Generous Support for On BOARD is provided by: