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GROWshop - Presenter Announced!

Join us for our second workshop this spring hosted by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Parks & People Foundation on Monday, March 3, 2008.

Join us at Alonso's Restaurant on the second floor (415 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210) at 5:30pm for a fun evening of learning and socializing.

RSVP to green@baltimorecity.gov. Download a flyer here.

Presenter: Amy Coates Madsen, Director of Standards for Excellence Institute

Amy Coates Madsen is the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to facilitate adherence to standards by all organizations. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where Amy has served for more than nine years. Amy is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the association's comprehensive ethics and accountability program and efforts to replicate the program nationally. She serves as a trainer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics, and nonprofit management. Amy also works with nonprofit sector measurement research initiatives. She teaches a course on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management.

According to the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, nonprofits are governed by an elected, volunteer board of directors that should consist of individuals who are committed to the mission of the organization. An effective nonprofit board should determine the mission of the organization, establish management policies and procedures, assure that adequate human resources (volunteer and/or paid staff) and financial resources (earned income, government contracts and grants, and charitable contributions) are available, and actively monitor the organization's financial and programmatic performance.

Understanding the role of the board is the first key to successfully building one for your organization. The actual process will vary from organization to organization, but is always based on the premise of finding people dedicated to your cause that have the time, energy, and passion to grow and sustain the organization. This workshop will discuss the basic roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board and touch on some ways to go about building that board.

Supporting volunteer park service projects in Baltimore City parks
Department of Recreation and Parks

3001 East Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217
501(c)(3) account administered by the Baltimore City Foundation