Date:  ​Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Presenter: Eugene Fram, Professor Emeritus, RIT

Location: St. John Fisher College

Cost: No Charge, But RSVP Required

Description of Workshop:
Individuals join nonprofit boards to make a difference. Caring matters, but it's not enough. This free, interactive, 90-minute session will help you understand what it means to be an effective board member by covering topics such as: 
  • What's essential to know, do, or not do so that your nonprofit has an impact; 
  • How to avoid common mistakes that trip up boards; 
  • Which board tasks are truly critical; 
  • To avoid fraud boards must take action;
  • Recognize when directors should question the "norm." 

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Going For Impact - the Nonprofit Director's Essential Guidebook for reading prior to the session. Going for Impact is a concise, efficient guidebook that covers 15 topics that are most important for board directors: directors' duties, challenges of leadership succession, emerging trends like lean experimentation, and more.

This session is geared towards both new board members embarking on their first stint of board work, and veteran board members, who can use the guidebook and discussion to enhance board recruitment, enrich board retreats, embark on strategic planning, or address CEO recruitment. Attendees are asked to read provided materials prior to session (approximately a total of 2-3 hours of "reading friendly" time). The participants will choose specific content topics covered in the book at the beginning of the session, providing a tailored approach to meet the needs of those in attendance.

Fee & RSVP: 
Free of charge, but RSVP required to Melanie Phillips at 585-899-3769 or, by April 4. Session is limited to 20 participants, with no more than 3 from any one nonprofit to allow for broader interchanges among participants. 

About Eugene Fram:
Gene Fram is an award-winning emeritus professor with an endowed chair in critical thinking named for him at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has served on twelve nonprofit boards and consulted for nonprofits and businesses across the United States, has authored six books, and blogs regularly on nonprofit issues.

To Register​:
Contact Melanie Phillips at or 585-899-3769.


Going For Impact: The Nonprofit Board Member Essentials (EVENT IS FULL - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED -THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!)