How to Build a High-Performing NonprofitBoardMisha CharlesWebinar delivered to GW Alumni Association10 April 2013
First, the Scary Stuff Penn State University of Virginia Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Asia Institute
BOARDSMAKEDIFFERENCEALLTHE
When Boards Work Advance mission Provide resources Ensure effectiveness Mitigate risks Uphold the public trust Open ...
CulturePeopleWorkThe Secret Sauce
People“Getting the right people on thebus, the wrong people off thebus, and the right people in theright seats.”Jim Collins
Recruitment Set target board size Seek mission-alignment, experience/expertise, availability, resources, leadership pote...
Orientation New member handbook Governance primer Position descriptions Meetings with key leaders Site visits
Placement Committees Task forces Mentor pairing Preparation for leadership
Ongoing training Formal training w/ staff, consultants Informal readings and discussion Access to free resources Obser...
Work“Efficiency is doing the thingright. Effectiveness is doing theright thing.”Peter Drucker
•Oversight•Not managementGovernance
•The mission testMissionAlignment
•Bylaws•Policies•Meetings•Planning•Evaluation•Committees•Annual calendarStructure andProcess
Culture“At the end of the day, justremember that if you get theculture right, most of the otherstuff -- including building...
AssumptionsCultureNormsValuesHabitsBeliefsLanguage
Culture = Core Values Deliver WOW through Service Embrace and Drive Change Create Fun and a Little Weirdness Be Advent...
Boards Have Culture Too Relationship with CEO Interaction among members Decision-making Engagement Use of resources ...
How to Build it Recruit for culture Develop and display norms Model behaviors Create traditions and stories Link to p...
The high-performance board, like the high-performance team,is competent, coordinated, collegial, and focused on anunambigu...
Questions?
Misha CharlesLinkedIn.com/mishacharles | @mishajcharles
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Governing boards are one of the most valuable, yet underutilized, resources available to nonprofit organizations. Required by law to oversee an organization and to advance its mission, the board is uniquely positioned to enhance organizational visibility, effectiveness, and sustainability. This webinar will help nonprofit CEOs and board members, social entrepreneurs, and others who work with boards to build a governing body that performs at the highest level and adds value to the organization.

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  • The outline viewed is so real . i am struggling with board engagment now. it is difficult
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  • You might also like to see article that Ruth Lesirge and I wrote for Caritas on High Performing Boards - are They Worth The Effort - focused on UK non profit experience - http://www.charityfinancials.com/caritas-magazine/high-performing-boards-are-they-worth-the-effort-1244.html
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  • I appreciate this presentation. I'm currently developing an international trade association based upon the principals you have presented. Would you be interested in joining us? I'll provide more information if the interest is there.
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  • Note: The tips we will discuss are designed to be used by board leadership (officers or committee heads) and CEOs/founders.
  • We have seen some pretty spectacular governance failures over the past couple of years, examples of boards doing poorly. Of course, not all board fumbles are scandalous. More pedestrian missteps—like consistently hiring the wrong CEO or failing to ask questions about finances—are equally threatening to organizations. Each underscores how critical it is for boards to perform at a high level.
  • And when they are performing at a high level, this is the secret sauce: The right people doing the right work within an organizational culture with all the right norms and values.
  • Handbook includes bylaws, policies, most recent minutes, position descriptions, committee charges
  • High performing boards do the right work well.
  • Bylaws -Term limits-Board composition-Standing committeesMeetings-Consistent procedure-Formal voting-FrequencyCommittees-Typically: finance, fundraising, programs, governance/nominating-Standard reports and dashboards referencing missionAnnual Calendar-Approved by board-Board meetings-Committee meetings-Program evaluation-Evaluation of leader-Evaluation of board and members-Leadership succession planning
  • High performing boards do the right work well.
  • Note about changing board culture: Culture changes slowly over time as influential people begin to act differently. Culture does not change by decree.
  • Note about changing board culture: Culture changes slowly over time as influential people begin to act differently. Culture does not change by decree.
  • Culture changes slowly over time as influential people begin to act differently.
  • How to Build a High-Performing Nonprofit Board

    1. 1. How to Build a High-Performing NonprofitBoardMisha CharlesWebinar delivered to GW Alumni Association10 April 2013
    2. 2. First, the Scary Stuff Penn State University of Virginia Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Asia Institute
    3. 3. BOARDSMAKEDIFFERENCEALLTHE
    4. 4. When Boards Work Advance mission Provide resources Ensure effectiveness Mitigate risks Uphold the public trust Open doors Do no harm
    5. 5. CulturePeopleWorkThe Secret Sauce
    6. 6. People“Getting the right people on thebus, the wrong people off thebus, and the right people in theright seats.”Jim Collins
    7. 7. Recruitment Set target board size Seek mission-alignment, experience/expertise, availability, resources, leadership potential Pursue group-fit Ensure diversity and inclusion Involve all members Expand network w/tools like LinkedIn Try before you buy
    8. 8. Orientation New member handbook Governance primer Position descriptions Meetings with key leaders Site visits
    9. 9. Placement Committees Task forces Mentor pairing Preparation for leadership
    10. 10. Ongoing training Formal training w/ staff, consultants Informal readings and discussion Access to free resources Observation of other boards Conferences
    11. 11. Work“Efficiency is doing the thingright. Effectiveness is doing theright thing.”Peter Drucker
    12. 12. •Oversight•Not managementGovernance
    13. 13. •The mission testMissionAlignment
    14. 14. •Bylaws•Policies•Meetings•Planning•Evaluation•Committees•Annual calendarStructure andProcess
    15. 15. Culture“At the end of the day, justremember that if you get theculture right, most of the otherstuff -- including building a greatbrand -- will fall into place on itsown.”Tony Hsieh
    16. 16. AssumptionsCultureNormsValuesHabitsBeliefsLanguage
    17. 17. Culture = Core Values Deliver WOW through Service Embrace and Drive Change Create Fun and a Little Weirdness Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded Pursue Growth and Learning Build Open and Honest relationshipswith Communication Build a Positive Team and FamilySpirit Do More with Less Be Passionate and Determined Be HumbleHiring to Values Standard interview Cultural interview Customer service training $2K offer to quit
    18. 18. Boards Have Culture Too Relationship with CEO Interaction among members Decision-making Engagement Use of resources Adherence to rules, policy Openness to change
    19. 19. How to Build it Recruit for culture Develop and display norms Model behaviors Create traditions and stories Link to past board members Enshrine in policy Hold accountable
    20. 20. The high-performance board, like the high-performance team,is competent, coordinated, collegial, and focused on anunambiguous goal. Such entities do not simply evolve; theymust be constructed to an exacting blueprint.David Nadler
    21. 21. Questions?
    22. 22. Misha CharlesLinkedIn.com/mishacharles | @mishajcharles

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