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What Do GREAT Boards (and Great Board Members!) Actually DO?

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Association Management
Michael Kumer
1 hour, 3 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Jul 25, 2019
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Boards often are uncertain about what to do, or how best to serve the organization. You’re in for a surprise as you learn traditional AND innovative ways that highly effective, peak-performing boards carry out their work. Leave your preconceived notions about “nonprofit” boards at the door, and dare to enter this challenging, thought-provoking, high energy event!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the hidden meaning behind the words governance and fiduciary.
  • Learn the critical importance of the three legal Duties (Care, Loyalty and Obedience), and the impact they have on your board.
  • Determine why the word "nonprofit" is outdated and detrimental, and which substitute term leads to better results.



Credits Offered: 1


As a CAE Approved Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements.

Note: This program is not endorsed, accredited, or affiliated with ASAE or the CAE program. Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific time frame towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.


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Founder and CEO

Boards Made to Order

Michael Kumer is the CEO of Boards Made to Order, a boutique consulting practice that enables nonprofit boards to make a difference, leave a legacy, and change the world. Michael assists nonprofit boards successfully achieve excellence in all areas of governance, including long-range planning, board member recruitment, and effective board structure.

An enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring speaker, Michael’s presentations have enjoyed a cumulative enrollment of thousands of board members, staff and volunteers representing hundreds of nonprofit agencies. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of board leadership at regional and national conferences. In addition to his many clients in the US, Michael’s international roster includes clients from India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Russia, and South Africa.

Prior to founding Boards Made to Order, Michael was the Executive Director of Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI), and Associate Dean of the University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.