Rare as the need may be, here are three reasons to extend the terms of board members.
Board Structure & Committees
New board members bring three gifts that expire by the end of their first year on the board: fresh eyes, fresh air, and fresh horses.
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.
Many boards are bucking conventional wisdom that a board should have twelve to sixteen members. They are discovering the benefits that working with a small group brings.