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33 Principles in 33 Minutes: Best Practices for the Best Board Meeting Ever!


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We’ll provide specific, tangible strategies for supporting board meetings in ways that help directors and executives arrive at meetings fully prepared to engage at a high level, feel fully supported before, during, and after the meeting, and leave ready to take the next steps. You’ll hear from Dottie Schindinlinger, our Governance Technology Evangelist, and Marie LeBlanc, Independent Sector’s Critical Issues and Sector Advance Manager.

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33 Principles in 33 Minutes: Best Practices for the Best Board Meeting Ever!

  1. 1. 33 Principles in 33 Minutes Best Practices for the Best Board Meetings…Ever! Webinar by BoardEffect & Independent Sector February 13, 2018 1
  2. 2. Presenters 2 Kristina Gawrgy Campbell Moderator Independent Sector Marie LeBlanc Speaker Independent Sector Dottie Schindlinger Speaker BoardEffect
  3. 3. Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice  Originally published in 2007 in response to accusations of malfeasance in the sector, and revised in 2015.  IS established Panel on the Nonprofit Sector.  24-member panel , 125 expert advisers, thousands from charities and foundations offering suggestions and insights.  Recommendations to Congress incorporated into Pension Protection Act of 2006  33 Principles (Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure, Effective Governance, Strong Financial Oversight and Responsible Fundraising). 3
  4. 4. Session Objectives 4 Review Principles for Effective Governance Share a Checklist for Great Board Meetings ? Answer Your Questions
  5. 5. Food for Thought…What Makes a Meeting Great? 5
  6. 6. 6 In addition to oversight, boards need to provide insight, and, if possible, foresight.” NANCY AXELROD, Governing for Growth “
  7. 7. 1. Community-building (with food)~5 min. 2. Mission inspiration~3 min. 3. Consent agenda~2 min. 4. Board education~20 min. 5. Governing~60 min. 7 Adapted from Susan Howlett’s “Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully.” Recipe for a Great Board Meeting (about 90 minutes long)
  8. 8. 1. Community-Building • Activities that help board members form bonds – Social time & food – Ice-breakers • Integrating community-building into every meeting – Name cards/name tags, ID officers & roles – Change seating assignments – Re-introductions at each meeting (first job, favorite meal, first volunteer experience, etc.) 8
  9. 9. 2. Mission & Inspiration • Activities that inspire – Personal stories – Getting out of the board room • Integrating mission/inspiration into every meeting – Each director takes turns with a “mission moment” – Guest speaker tells a story – Follow a staff-person for a brief “day in the life” 9
  10. 10. 3. Consent Agenda • Appropriate use of consent agendas – Board agrees to read in advance – posted to board software – Nothing requiring deliberation – Allow time for discussion • Implementing consent agendas – members must commit to: – Getting reports done/posted on time – Reviewing consent items to determine discussion items – Actively engaging in discussion 10
  11. 11. 4. Board Education/Training • Activities that help board members learn – Self-directed research on issues – Participating in a session on topics of interest – Having to present a session/lead discussion • Integrating board education into every meeting – Board planning calendar – Rotate presenters – each member takes a turn – Curate content for the board 11
  12. 12. 5. Governing • Activities that help board members govern well – Clarity of the board’s purpose – “Generative” questions – Culture of respectful inquiry • Integrating governance into every meeting – Ensure ample discussion time on the agenda – Meeting start: “one-minute essay” – Evaluate meetings, suggest future topics 12
  13. 13. Secure, cloud-based board management software that drives board efficiency, effectiveness & engagement What Is ? Maximizing Board Meetings Enhancing Board Operations Improving the Board Member’s Experience
  14. 14. 14 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice • Free resources available online at • Sign Up for the rest of the webinar series – registration links will be sent to you • Check out BoardEffect’s resources at