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A Message from Mark... On Purpose - Driven Board Leadership 
Globally, there is no single model for governance within the international charitable sector. The term “non-profit” is uniquely western, and whether you’re considered a civic social organization (CSO), non-governmental organization (NGO), or not-for-profit organization (NPO), there are universally accepted principles for governing that apply across the world even if the structures vary.

 

One of those common threads is the important relationship between a board member’s role, the expertise he or she brings to the organization, and quality of decision-making as a collective oversight body. A recent article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled The Four Principles of Purpose Driven Board Leadership by Anne Wallestad (March 2021), makes the case for how boards can intently redesign themselves based on impacting the social issue(s) they were created to address, and not the organization itself.

 

On the surface this may seem counter intuitive. However, the author makes a compelling case for purpose-driven board leadership. They are:

  1. Putting purpose before the organization’s needs drives greater focus on outcomes
  2. Respecting the social ecosystem allows leaders to think more broadly
  3. Having an equity mindset addresses inequities in representation
  4. Ensuring inclusivity authorizes voice and power to speak on behalf of the community represented

A board can be redesigned. It takes work, and according to Ms. Wallestad, “collective will.” I hope you find the article timely and useful.    

WFYC Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
International Conference Review
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 WFYC International Conference! The conference included several inspirational speakers, 18 learning sessions, and more than 350 attendees from 34 countries and territories. See below for a highlight video, links to all conference videos on our YouTube channel, and Breakout Sessions you may not have seen. Please watch and share these learning opportunities with your colleagues! 
Watch the Conference Breakout Sessions
How are you recruiting staff and volunteers? This session provides tangible learnings on how you can create a structure for recruiting, investing in, and retaining dedicated staff and / or volunteers for your Club(s). 
 
Featuring: Tamara Bosnyak (Boys & Girls Clubs of Hungary), Sonya Llewellyn (501 (c) Services), and Olga Ramos (Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico)
How can you harness stories you already have to pull in fundraising dollars? How do you use the digital environment to your advantage? This session helps you discover ways to capture and share your impact.
 
Featuring: Cailey Doran (Special Olympics), Susan Goings (WFYC), and Crystal Hudson (Special Olympics)
It's worth pausing, reflecting and learning from others about what helped them persevere over the last year. Was there a particular partnership or strategy that helped your organization survive?
 
Featuring: Lis Cruz (Club de Niños y Niñas de Centro America), Paul Martinez (Mission Clubs), and Glenn Permuy (WFYC)
Funders often wish organizations spent more time doing their homework before submitting funding requests. Hear directly from funders on the pre-work needed to increase your probability for success. 
 
Featuring: Bernard Boudreaux (Georgetown University), Kelly Crowe (FirstPic), and Kira Pritchard (Stavros Niarchos Foundation)
It takes all types of programs to encourage youth participation. But we know kids everywhere want to be active! Learn how to develop and enhance sports programs to attract youth and keep them coming back.
 
Featuring: Chuck Brady (Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation), TJ Buchanan (World Lacrosse), Andy Hamill (Nat'l Assoc of Boys & Girls Clubs), Mike McTernan (Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa), and Martin Solder (Essex Boys & Girls Clubs)
You can increase your impact by building local networks and multi-sector strategic alliances. The creation and capitalization of alliances makes organizations more efficient and improves the effectiveness of each one's resources and the impact they generate.
 
Featuring: Jose Cruz (WFYC) and Luis Portales (University of Monterrey)
Child Safety
The conference featured an important session on child safety: Crisis Prevention and Response: Protecting Our Youth. Panelist and former Boys & Girls Clubs of America executive, Evan McElroy, has shared an important reference guide for our Affiliate Members. If you or a staff member suspect a child has been abused or exploited, report your suspicion to local authorities. Consider using this KeepSafe - The Child Club Safety Desk Reference as a comprehensive and practical guide addressing child safety and protection for youth organizations.
WFYC Programs and Events
REVIEW - March Webcast
So You Want to Build a Program?
Sara Dolinger, an international development professional, joined WFYC for a presentation about how to organize your program ideas, develop an actionable plan, and achieve your program objectives. Ms. Dolinger drew on her experiences in Honduras, Guatemala, and Rwanda and with organizations like World Vision.
UPCOMING - April Webcast!
Measuring & Evaluating Programs
Save the date to join us on April 29 at 11:00 AM EDT for the next Webcast with Jeff Jones of Basil Data.
UPCOMING - Global Recognition Program
April 1 is the official launch of WFYC's new Global Recognition Program. Check your email inboxes for this program designed to raise awareness about the importance of youth development organizations and professionals, highlight best practices in youth development around the globe, and share stories of the creativity, courage, and resiliency of youth around the world.
Collaborator Resources
Thinking about expanding your sports offerings at the Club? Consider Lacrosse! Welcome one of our newest Collaborators for Good! World Lacrosse is the international federation for men’s and women’s lacrosse, responsible for providing effective leadership and governance of the
sport internationally while also supporting the continued growth of lacrosse worldwide. World Lacrosse currently has 68 member-National Governing Bodies and holds five World Championships. World Lacrosse exists to grow the game globally. Grants are offered across four funding areas: CF/NGB Development Grants; BCH Youth Development and Equipment Grants; Instructional Clinic Grants; and Emerging Member Support Grants. For more information click here.
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