Cyrus White

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Principal at SCG Nonprofits
St. Louis, Missouri

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314.265.6813
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  • Company Name
  • SCG Nonprofits
  • Position
  • Principal
  • Short Description
  • Consultant, speaker, and facilitator - on-site or online. I help nonprofit board chairs and CEOs act with stronger skills and more confidence for effective governance.
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  • Location
  • St. Louis, Missouri
    United States
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    About Me and My Work

  • What kinds of projects, tasks, or challenges do you typically partner with nonprofits on?
  • Consultant, speaker, and facilitator - on-site or online. I help nonprofit board chairs and CEOs act with stronger skills and more confidence for effective governance.

    My practice has a tight focus on board development and governance practice. Although we tailor each project to the needs of the client board and executive director, topics commonly include:

    + What board roles and relationships are appropriate to what we want to achieve?
    + How could we align our board meeting design and content with our strategic plan and intended outcomes?
    + How could we more effectively engage, onboard, and equip new trustees?
    + What governance model(s) make sense for our organization?
    + How do we get the work done with busy volunteer directors?
    + How do our policies and practices enhance our capacity to support our staff and the mission?

    In addition to coaching and training, I facilitate in-depth board self-assessments and CEO performance assessments.

    Client projects formats have included conference keynotes, community seminars, webinars, and on-site training with single boards.
  • Why would someone choose to work with you?
  • I have extensive experience as a nonprofit CEO and as trustee of private operating and community foundations. These roles give me a deep appreciation for the demands placed on nonprofits staff and board members - the executive director and board chair, in particular.

    In addition to my private client portfolio, I serve as a BoardSource® Certified Governance Consultant and a Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant. This allows me to provide clients with proven tools and processes for effective governance.

    I also have an interest in emerging models of governance that feature shared decision-making, equitable power dynamics, and "flat" organizational structures. I was in the inaugural 2019 class of the Sociocracy Academy, discovering how sociocracy and dynamic community governance can enhance the performance capacity of nonprofit organizations.
  • Key words and additional details
  • Russ is an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), BoardSource, the Standards for Excellence Institute, and multiple state nonprofit associations.

    For more information, please visit SCGnonprofits.com or Cyrus N. White on LinkedIn.

    Governance, board development, onboarding, fiduciary duties, sociocracy, dynamic community governance, equity, inclusion, policy, best practices, national, training
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  • BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant. Standards for Excellence licensed consultant.