Board Development Workshop for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County

The Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, a local nonprofit, contacted Paul requesting resources to strengthen the organization. The organization’s mission is “to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” After meeting with the Executive Director and Board President, it was decided that board members would benefit from a board development workshop, and the organization would benefit from an updated strategic plan. During a 2-hour workshop attended by nine board and staff members, Paul provided an overview of board member responsibilities and tools for high-functioning boards. Participants transitioned to strategic planning with Paul facilitating a process that reviewed the organization’s mission and vision statements. Then participants discussed organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. At their next meeting, Paul will facilitate a process for participants to prioritize
goals and develop action plans to achieve these goals.

Through evaluation (N=7), 71% of participants agreed they gained knowledge on board responsibilities and tools to use for high-functioning boards. Two participants responded that they were neutral, with one commenting that this was “only because I’ve been part of Paul’s work with another non-profit.” 100% of participants agreed that the discussion assisted in the identification of organizational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. Participants evaluated Paul’s facilitation as a 4.1 on a 5-point Likert Scale (1=poor and 5=excellent).

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