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Caring about the "Duty of Care"

September 28th, 2010 12:21pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

I’ll fess up. While facilitating a board retreat recently, a board member asked a question, and I looked at my watch. We were running behind , and I was a bit nervous about getting through the agenda.

I should have noticed my own behavior first, but it took hearing an audible sigh from a fellow board member during the clarifying question for the reality of the situation to hit me full force. Both this sighing director and I were feeling anxious (even frustrated?) about this director’s attempt to understand the information he was expected to make decisions about.

Now, maybe the questioning director should have known the answers. Maybe the board discussed the topic in depth at a meeting this person didn’t attend. Maybe the information was in the board’s advance reading materials. It’s possible that the board answered this question 5 minutes ago when the director was playing on his iPhone.

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Yes, Virginia, there are Potential Board Members

July 19th, 2010 10:29am - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

Last week, 75 people attended Social Venture Partners Boulder County’s Boulder County Board Match (www.svpbouldercounty.org). The brainchild of SVP partner, Dennis Berry, and executive director, Jennie Arbogash, this was the first ever Boulder County event designed to combine training and an opportunity to meet with nonprofits directly to discuss open board positions.

It was a hot day.  It was July—notorious for low attendance due to vacations and the various commitments that summer brings. It was free which sometimes results in high RSVPs and low turnout. And, because it was the first offering of this event, people didn’t know what to expect.

Yet, they came—75 of them (did I say that already?!). They listened. They asked great questions of the trainers and panelists. They learned (according to their evaluations!). They met with nearly 30 nonprofits at the Board Ma ...

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