Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance

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The nonprofit governing board has been described as an ineffective group of effective people. Trustees are recruited for their stature, skills or connections, and then are not fully engaged. Why do nonprofits so broadly fail to use their boards wisely? And how might they do better? We will look at four interrelated areas: membership (including recruitment, development, self-assessment), process (including structure, meetings), capacity, and fiduciary issues.

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Nonprofit Boards and Effective Governance

  1. 1. Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance January 25, 2012 Sam Frank Synthesis PartnershipA Service Of: Sponsored by:
  2. 2. INTEGRATED PLANNING Advising nonprofits in: www.synthesispartnership.com •  Strategy •  Planning (617) 969-1881 •  Organizational Development info@synthesispartnership.com A Service Of: Sponsored by:
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  5. 5. Nonprofit Boards& effective governance Sam Frank Synthesis PartnershipNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance © Copyright 2012 Synthesis Partnership SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 All rights reserved. PA R T N E R S H I P© 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reservedCopies permitted only with full attribution
  6. 6. Overview FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT FUNDRAISING STRATEGY / PLANNING Fiduciary responsibilities HIRING / ASSESSING CEO SELF-PERPETUATION Cultivation Nomination MEMBERSHIP Orientation Service Plan Self Assessment Reappointment Common issues / STRUCTURE & PROCESS essential tools Recruitment Committees Policies / Procedures Meetings Work Process Retreats CAPACITY Leadership Board Development Board Size Variations EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Fundraising MULTI-TIER BOARD CONSORTIANonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  7. 7. Areas of Interest Is there some aspect of nonprofit governance you would especially like to have addressed today? Please use the question box to respond (now or at any time during the webinar)Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  8. 8. Fiduciary responsibilities One definition of a nonprofit board— an ineffective group of effective people Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  9. 9. Fiduciary responsibilities Financial oversight Fundraising Strategy / Planning Hiring assessing the CEO Self-perpetuationNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  10. 10. Fiduciary responsibilities Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  11. 11. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  12. 12. Common Issues Nomination to the Board of Trustees Nominee:Membership Nominated by: Expertise Geography Interest Area Communications Nominee profile compared to profile of current members Governance Fundraising Accounting For each person, check as many boxes as applicable Planning Current boardCultivation Law term name 2007-10 Trustee A 2007-10 Trustee B 2007-10 Trustee CNomination 2007-10 2008-11 2008-11 Trustee D Trustee E Trustee F 2008-11 Trustee GOrientation 2008-11 2009-12 2009-12 Trustee H Trustee I Trustee J 2009-12 Trustee KIndividual Service Plan 2009-12 Trustee L Nominee Who is the nominee? (brief description of the nominee in relation to the profile categories above; include anySelf Assessment knowledge you have of the nominee’s participation on other boards)Reappointment What important qualities will the nominee bring to the board? Do you have direct experience with the nominee in a situation of group deliberation ? If so, please describe What is this nominee’s capability to contribute financially and to provide access to major contributors?Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESIS What other information do you feel would be valuable for us to know about this nominee?Wednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P www.synthesispartnership.com 683 Commonwealth Avenue © Copyright 2010 Newton MA 02459 Synthesis Partnership e-mail@synthesispartnership.com
  13. 13. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  14. 14. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  15. 15. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  16. 16. Common Issues Structure Process Board Policies and Procedures Role of the BoardRecruitment Structure of the Board •  MembersPolicies and procedures •  Officers •  CommitteesCommittees •  Committee MembershipMeetings Nomination Process Expectations for TrusteesRetreats Deliberations and DecisionsWork process Financial Policies and Procedures Human Resource Policies and Procedures Board Development Meetings EvaluationsNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  17. 17. Common Issues Structure Process RecruitmentPolicies and proceduresCommitteesMeetingsRetreatsWork processNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  18. 18. Common Issues Agenda January 25, 2012Structure Process: Meetings Consent agenda 5 minutes Item Action Minutes of previous meeting Approval Finance Committee report Approve budget changesRecruitment Development Committee report Approve position descriptions Committee on Trustees Approve new board development programPolicies and procedures Approve changes to trustee manual  Discussion agenda 15 minutesCommittees Executive Director’s report Discuss flagged issues Meeting topic 30 minutes Governance as leadershipMeetings Other Business 10 minutes - OldRetreats - New - Announcements Roundtable evaluation of meetingWork process Review of actions from meeting Adjourn Contents of pre-meeting packet Meeting agenda Minutes of previous meeting Executive Director’s report Finance committee report Development committee report Board development program Proposed changes to trustee manualNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  19. 19. Common Issues Capacity LeadershipBoard developmentBoard sizeFundraisingNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  20. 20. Variations Multi-tier Boards Executive committeeAdvisory boardConsortiaNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 25, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  21. 21. Resources Questions? Critical Issues 4: On Boards http://bit.ly/SyPci04 Blog (entries on governance) http://bit.ly/SyPblog Sample documents sbf@synthesispartnership.com Sam Frank, Principal Consultant Synthesis Partnership Strategy, planning, and organizational development for nonprofits. sbf@synthesispartnership.com 617 969 1881 www.synthesispartnership.com 683 Commonwealth Avenue Newton MA 02459 Nonprofit 2012 Synthesis Partnership © Copyright Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesdayreserved. January 25, 2012 All rights Webinar:© 2012 Synthesis Partnership. in entirety and withCopies permitted only All rights reserved full attribution PA R T N E R S H I P
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