Reflections of a Nonprofit Board Chair

Reflections of a Nonprofit Board Chair

Only an effective board is capable of designing and delivering strategic guidance that will be required to navigate the uncharted waters ahead. For any nonprofit agency thinking about the future, these principles of effectiveness give a point of reference by which an agency can judge the strength and direction of its board.

Developing a High Performing Nonprofit Board

Developing a High Performing Nonprofit Board

Most nonprofit board members have a passion and mission affiliation of the organization where they serve and skills and motivations that can support the growth the agency. The task of leadership is to recognize the contributions of each board member and to weave the individuals into a board that becomes more than the sum of its parts. Offered in this post are germinal ideas that can be used to help nonprofit boards in that weaving process.

Facilitating a Nonprofit Board Orientation

Facilitating a Nonprofit Board Orientation

the orientation of new board members is not an event but a process. An intentional time set aside for orientation is a way to start embedding concepts into heads (by detailing program data), engaging hearts (connecting board member with passion and mission), and putting tools in hands (reference materials, by-laws, operating procedures).

Planning Effective Board Retreats

Planning Effective Board Retreats

A foundational belief of leading edge nonprofit leaders is that an agency that breaks out of the routine and rethinks fundamental group processes will prosper and grow. Investing in an intentional Board retreat process based on the needs that are alive in your organization today will bring life to what, for many, is an annual ritual to be endured.

Four Board Membership Conversations

I have outlined board frameworks elsewhere and this blog is a more practical companion. While there are literally dozens of books, websites and blogs devoted solely to the topic of nonprofit boards it is still a common phenomenon for nonprofits to struggle to identify the strategic composition and functioning of their board of directors. What […]