Monthly Archives: October 2010

Building board leadership

A special presentation by Marc Smiley

Building Board Leadership: A Special Presentation by Marc Smiley. What happens when two great organizations like Decisions Decisions and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (formerly TACS) collaborate? A whole lot actually. Beginning this October, D2’s Marc Smiley and others within our firm will be sharing our breadth and depth of knowledge about building effective organizations through a series of five lectures offered through the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO). Marc has already completed the first two, but there is still time to sign up for the next lecture on November 3rd when he will present on “Building Board Leadership.” Not sure whether you should sign up? Click here to see a full description of the lecture and here to download a copy of the training packet from the first session entitled “Board Orientation: What You Need to Know to Serve on a Nonprofit Board.” Not located in Portland? No problem – in addition to Portland, the lecture series will take us to Salem and Bend over the next 6 months.  As many of you in the nonprofit field know, building an effective board is critical to creating a sustainable organization – this is a great opportunity to come and learn more about how to draw out the leaders on your board. We hope to see you soon in a city near you!

Lecture Dates and Times:

Nonprofit Board Network
Board Orientation: What You Need to Know to Serve on a Nonprofit Board
October 12, 2010 – 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Ecotrust Conference Center, Portland
Rogue Valley Nonprofit Training Series
Sustainable Nonprofit Business Models
October 20, 2010, noon to 1:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel, Medford

Executive Directors Network
Building Board Leadership
November 3, 2010, 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Ecotrust Conference Center, Portland

Mid-Valley Executive Directors Network
Board Fundraising: Lessons from the Field
January 25, 2011 – 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Mission Mill Museum, Salem

Nonprofit Network of Central Oregon
Building Board Leadership
April 27, 2011
St Charles Medical Center, Bend

Land Trust Alliance’s 2010 Rally

Fun and inspiration in Connecticut

Land Trust Alliance’s 2010 Rally in Connecticut. Energizing, exciting, inspirational, and a whole lot of fun! That is how Solid Ground team members Allison Handler, Jim Morris and Marc Smiley described their experience at Rally 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut. Rally, sponsored by the Land Trust Alliance, has been dubbed the “premier training event for land conservation” and this year brought together close to 2,000 people from all walks of the land conservation field. Whether they were taking hikes on beautiful trails that had been collaboratively conserved, playing music alongside the Travellin’ Trout Trunk Band during Rallypalooza, getting into the nitty gritty legal details of writing conservation easements, or getting certified in order to conduct assessments, those with a passion for green came and Rally delivered.

At a glance, Rally is really an opportunity for people interested in land conservation to combine classroom instruction, peer learning, networking, and some good old fashioned fun in one non-stop, information-packed, action-inspiring week. Marc made an especially significant contribution to the week by teaching and debuting Solid Ground Consulting Group alongside Barb Welch and with ongoing support from Allison and Jim. Click here to access the course packet! The event also highlighted several timely, critical issues, such as climate change, and surfaced how these issues intersect with farmland conservation and large landscape protection. In the end, participants came, learned, and were inspired…and as Allison put it, “It was incredible to be surrounded by so many people working so hard to protect so many significant, special places.”