Financial Leadership for Board Members – July 11, 2017

February 9, 2017

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) Initiative is partnering with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) to present a Financial Leadership for Board Members workshop, hosted at the Center for Philanthropy.

This session is designed for board members, executive directors, and senior staff who are interested in deepening their understanding of nonprofit governance and better aligning the work of the board to heighten board engagement and maximize its impact.

Participants are encouraged to bring their bylaws, governance handbook, and recent board meeting agendas for reference during the series.

This session provides a framework for understanding financial leadership specifically within the context of board governance.  We’ll focus first on how to read and understand key financial statements and give you hands-on practice with using those statements to assess your organization’s overall financial health.  Then, using your real experiences, we’ll discuss how to frame conversations to inform board level decision-making.  

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Assess your understanding of financial leadership and identify areas of improvement.
  • Use core nonprofit financial statements to evaluate your organization’s financial health
  • How to participate in financially grounded and informed governance decision-making

The session will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from 9:00am-12noon at the Center for Philanthropy. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Swan at or 504.598.4663.

About our Presenter:

Cory Sparks

Dr. Cory Sparks directs LANO’s Institute for Nonprofit Excellence, a statewide resource for improving the practice and sustainability of nonprofit organizations. In the New Orleans area, he is a leader of LANO’s efforts to expand and strengthen our service to hundreds of regional nonprofits. Most recently the pastor of Faith Community United Methodist Church, in Lafayette, Dr. Sparks has longtime ties to New Orleans, both within the faith-based community and in higher education. He brings years of executive leadership experience to this position, with demonstrated excellence as a public speaker, educator, fund raiser, and a community activist and organizer. Dr. Sparks holds degrees from Columbia University, Southern Methodist University and a Doctorate in American History from Louisiana State University. Dr. Sparks’s board leadership includes a current position as President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), New Orleans Chapter. He also serves as Chair of the Commission on Stewardship of the Environment of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference and is a board member of the ecumenical group Christian Renewal New Orleans.

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