governance roundtable

The Governance Roundtable is an intensive approach to helping not-for-profit leaders - senior staff and board officers - increase their capacity for:

  • leading their organizations as effective, visionary 'change managers',
  • building and managing an effective governing board,
  • increasing fundraising through relational donor cultivation, and
  • strategically communicating with key constituents in support of the organization's mission.

What sets the Roundtable experience apart from other leadership development programs?

  • A diverse cohort of peer staff and trustees to provide support, shared learning, and accountability
  • Learning over time through a series of informative seminars held over a 12-month period
  • A distinguished faculty of experts in different aspects of not-for-profit governance
  • Custom curriculum designed to meet the specific needs and capabilities of each participant
  • Interim 1:1 meetings with Episcopal Charities' staff as participants implement new learning and practices, and
  • Clear, measurable outcomes.

Past Roundtable topics include:

  • Recruiting, Cultivating, and Engaging an Effective Governing Board [2011-2012]
  • Creating a Culture of Philanthropy [2013-2014]
  • The Adaptive Leader: Guiding Your Organization Through Meaningful Change [2015-2016]
  • Nurturing Your High-Functioning Nonprofit Board [2018]

Past Governance Roundtable participating organizations include:

  • Bishop Anderson House
  • Care for Friends (Chicago)
  • CASA DeKalb County
  • Cathedral Counseling Center
  • DeKalb County Community Foundation
  • DeKalb County Community Gardens
  • East Bluff Community Center (Peoria, IL)
  • Elder Care Services of DeKalb County
  • Holy Family Ministries
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services
  • New Moms (Chicago)
  • Opportunity House (Sycamore, IL)
  • Primo Center for Women and Children
  • Ravenswood Community Services
  • ReVive Center for Housing and Healing
  • St. Augustine College (Chicago)
  • St. Leonard's Ministries (Chicago)
  • St. Mary's Services
  • Shelter Care Ministries (Rockford, IL)
  • Youth Guidance








"Episcopal Charities and Community Services is a hidden gem in Chicago,
preparing a new generation
of not-for-profit leaders to carry on this important
work with conviction, heart, and - as faith-based
entities do best - with soul."
                                                   - The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Smith
                                                     Chicago Community Trust