Board Development

What does the board intend for the organization to achieve?
What is unacceptable in achieving it?
How does the board relate to the executive director or CEO?
What does the board expect of itself and of each director?

Explore ways to enhance how your nonprofit board does its work, doing more that matters in less time.

Let Go of the Executive Committee

Many nonprofit boards still have executive committees. Most of these boards haven’t stopped to consider why they have them or if they really need them. An executive committee may have been a good response when it was difficult for the full board to meet, or when communication was difficult, expensive, or slow. With the options available now to connect groups of people quickly and cheaply, the only reasons for maintaining a separate executive committee are bad ones.

Use Peer Mentors to Fast-Track New Nonprofit Directors

Boards are complex systems. Even for experienced board members, joining a new board involves a period of transition, orientation, and assimilation. There are two things that will help get those new directors quickly up to speed: a small handbook and a mentor. Here’s how to fast-track your new directors with peer mentors . . .

10 Crucial Items to Include in the Handbook for New Directors

The people you bring onto your board are fully capable of finding their own way. They are self-starters, motivated to take on new challenges. So direct that motivation into advancing the work of your board, rather than figuring out how your board works!

Hiring a Nonprofit CEO: 10 Things To Do First

The boards of nonprofit organizations make numerous decisions. Some are small and routine, like approving the minutes. Others, like setting executive limitations policies, have significant impact on the organization.  But the one big decision for nonprofit directors is hiring the CEO. Get this decision right, and nearly all the others fall into place. Get it wrong, and not much else will work.

5 Ways to a Better Agenda for Board Meetings

An agenda is the primary tool of effective board meetings. The agenda keeps the board focused on appropriate information for making decisions and monitoring performance. The board’s governance policies or bylaws may determine overall board process, but it’s the agenda that determines how intended outcomes engage with current performance during the meeting. Here are 5 ways to have a better agenda for board meetings . . .