SPRING 2021 CURRICULUM
A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
An introduction to Philadelphia’s creative community and nonprofit structure and mission. Hear from nonprofit staff on the intricacies of board involvement.
THE BIG PICTURE
Practice mission, vision and strategy development, and alignment to successfully guide organizational change. Become familiar with the legal responsibilities of governing boards.
BEYOND THE BASICS
Navigate roles and responsibilities effectively by understanding financial and fiduciary oversight. Learn the current (and changing) arts and culture nonprofit fundraising landscape and the effects of COVID-19 on resources.
LEVERAGE YOUR STRENGTHS
Learn how to tap into your business sector resources and connections to foster organizational sustainability in times of uncertainty. Understand how to use your strengths and highlight your value to enhance board group dynamics.
MAXIMIZE YOUR LEADERSHIP ABILITY
Apply communication techniques that address challenging situations and lead to equitable and mission-driven decision-making. Avoid the pitfalls that lead to ineffectual leadership.
LEANING INTO ACTION
Unpack today’s climate as it relates to Philadelphia’s creative community and board service. Learn how to identify bias and power dynamics in leadership and how to shift it.
Each prospective new board member is thoughtfully matched as an observer with the board of a nonprofit arts organization. This allows participants to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-life situation, and to assess the fit before joining a board. ABC staff works with each business on board graduate to secure a board placement—often, but not always, with the board they’ve observed.