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Advocacy From the Top: Spring Your Board to Action
Discover ideas and actions that will guide board members on how to tell the story of your non-profit and advocate on its behalf.
Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors


Taking Care of Business: Advocacy at the Local Level
Utilize non-traditional tools and techniques to expand your constituency to include the business community.
Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors



Reinventing for the Future: Preparing for Your Next Position or Project
Organizations and people evolve! Find out how to identify your non-profit’s strengths and weaknesses and to embrace change.
Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors


Engaging Your Board, Staff and Community in Strategic Planning
Learn practical steps for developing and implementing an effective strategic plan for your non-profit.
Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors


Succession Planning – Are you Prepared?
A key responsibility of a non-profit board is to engage a qualified Executive Director and to provide continuity of leadership during periods of transition. Find out how to prepare a succession plan and avoid hasty and regrettable decisions in the event your Director is unable to continue in their current role.
Audience: Board Members and Executive Directors


Movin’ On Up! Leadership and Career Growth
Leadership is the cornerstone of a thriving non-profit. Learn the difference between managers and leaders, and how to become more effective in a leadership role.
Audience: Experienced Non-profit Administrators


Ready, Set, Hire! Planning for the Unexpected
Humans — and events — aren't always predictable. Prepare for the unexpected with these proactive steps to ensure continuity of leadership in case you need to hire a new Director.
Audience: Board Members


How to Land Your Dream Job at Any Level
Identify your strengths and weaknesses and improve your leadership skills.
Audience: Executive Directors


Serving Our Public: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries
This publication serves as a resource for library Directors, Staff, and Boards on standard practices in running a public library. As subject matter experts, we contributed to the section addressing effective Director–Board relations and rules.
Audience: Board Members, Executive Directors, Library Staff
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