Resources

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Sample Annual Action Plan (or Contract) for Board Directors

This resource contains a sample Action Plan to be signed annually by an organization's board directors. This sample comes from the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia, PA. This can be useful document should you wish to add more specificity to a director's annual duties and expected actions other than what is called out in a more formal roles and responsibilities document; the value of the Action Plan is that is asks director's to sign and renew their commitments every year - a way of keeping your organization's priority top of mind for all directors.

Note: For more related resources, please see the March 2015 webinar, "Ask the Experts: Board Engagement."

Organization: 
Community Design Collaborative
Category: 
Governance/Agreements
Posted by aao on March 30, 2015 - 3:41pm

Sample Conflict of Interest Form for Board Directors

This resource contains a sample Conflict of Interest policy to be signed by an organization's board directors. This sample comes from the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia, PA.

Note: For more related resources, please see the March 2015 webinar, "Ask the Experts: Board Engagement."

Organization: 
Community Design Collaborative
Category: 
Governance/Agreements
Posted by aao on March 30, 2015 - 3:37pm

Board Communications - Sample Monthly President's Report

This resource details a sample Monthly Report issued by an organization's chief executive to its board of directors. This sample resource comes from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It outlines a suggested monthly format for apprising trustees of an organization's latest news and high-level activities. A helpful sample document, should your organization not yet have such board materials in place.

Organization: 
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Category: 
Other
Posted by aao on March 25, 2015 - 4:57pm

Board Communications - Sample Quarterly Report

This resource details a sample Quarterly Activity Report issued to an organization's board of directors. This sample resource comes from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It outlines a suggested format for apprising trustees of an organization's activity across several departments/areas of operation. A helpful sample document should your organization not yet have such board materials in place.

Note: This resource came up during group discussion during the March 2015 AAO Webinar entitled "Ask the Experts: Board Engagement."

Organization: 
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Category: 
Other
Posted by aao on March 25, 2015 - 4:53pm

Board Orientation Binder

This resource details the table of contents from a sample Orientation Binder issued to new board members. This sample resource comes from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. It outlines for you the suggested high level information this organizations wishes its trustees to have readily available. A helpful sample document should your organization not yet have such board materials in place.

Organization: 
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Category: 
Governance/Agreements
Posted by aao on March 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

AAO Webinar - Ask the Experts: Board Engagement

This resource includes an audio archive (length: 39 minutes) of the March 2015 AAO Webinar entitled "Ask the Experts: Board Engagement." Hosts for this webinar were Beth Miller, Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative (Philadelphia, PA) and Lynn Osmond, President & CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The webinar consists of general questions on board engagement posed by AAO members at large and answered by the webinar hosts.

Organization: 
Association of Architecture Organizations
Category: 
Other
Posted by aao on March 25, 2015 - 4:21pm

Crafting Personal Narratives (2014 Design Matters Conference)

This workshop presented by Thought Warrior, Inc. at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15) focused on the challenges facing leaders of architectural organizations to explain the value and impact of design to lay audiences. Professional story coaches from Thought Warrior, Inc. worked with one AAO participant over a series of weeks; "before" and "after" pitches were presented as part of this general workshop on effective storytelling.

Organization: 
Association of Architecture Organizations
Category: 
Other
Posted by aao on January 5, 2015 - 3:15pm

Boosting Your Organization's Civic Reach (2014 Design Matters Conference)

This workshop at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15) provided small group discussion on the topic of diversifying boards of directors of nonprofit design organizations. Session facilitator Mary Case, a principal at Qm2 Consulting, has provided a series of resource materials and additional readings that accompany her workshop, including topics currently trending in the area of board governance. Interesting reading, should you be looking for more resources on this issue.

Organization: 
Qm2 Consulting
Category: 
Governance/Agreements
Posted by aao on December 19, 2014 - 12:17am

Building a Diverse City-Building Constituency (2014 Design Matters Conference)

For her keynote address delivered at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), Mary Rowe shared an insider look at the strategies and organizing principles driving The Municipal Art Society of New York and its efforts to take up a strong local leadership position in post-Sandy New York City and throughout the Tri-State region, in addition to developing an international partnership network that help sharpen the thinking of MAS staff members. For any organization wondering how it might better mobilize its constituents, this is a fine presentation stocked with clear learning points.

Organization: 
The Municipal Art Society of New York
Category: 
Public Programs
Posted by aao on December 18, 2014 - 11:53pm

Designing for Disaster: Exhibition Overview (2014 Design Matters Conference)

Presented during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos shared an overview of the museum recent exhibition on climate change and disaster preparedness, "Designing for Disaster." This presentations offers highlights of the exhibition, as well as the context driving its development (i.e., learning goals, target audiences). This is a helpful resource for understanding the planning and delivery of a large-scale architecture exhibition.

Organization: 
National Building Museum
Category: 
Exhibitions
Posted by aao on December 18, 2014 - 11:32pm

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