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 and Effective Governance Sam Frank October 3, 2012A 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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  4. 4. Today’s Speaker & Host Sam Frank Principal Synthesis PartnershipAssisting with chat questions:Jamie Maloney, NonprofitWebinars A Service Of: Sponsored by:
  5. 5. Nonprofit Boards& effective governance Sam Frank Synthesis PartnershipNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance © Copyright 2012 Synthesis Partnership SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 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 How to assemble a capable board. How to structure & operate a board productively. How to engage trustees & increase mutual satisfaction. Specific tools & resources to enhance board effectiveness.Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  7. 7. Overview FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT Fiduciary responsibilities FUNDRAISING STRATEGY / PLANNING HIRING / ASSESSING CEO SELF-PERPETUATION Common issues / essential tools VariationsNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  8. 8. Overview Nomination Fiduciary responsibilities Cultivation Orientation MEMBERSHIP Service Plan Reappointment Self Assessment Common issues / STRUCTURE & PROCESS essential tools CAPACITY VariationsNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  9. 9. Overview Fiduciary responsibilities MEMBERSHIP Policies / Procedures Recruitment Common issues / STRUCTURE & PROCESS Committees essential tools Retreats Meetings CAPACITY VariationsNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  10. 10. Overview Fiduciary responsibilities MEMBERSHIP Common issues / STRUCTURE & PROCESS essential tools Leadership CAPACITY Board Development Board Size Fundraising VariationsNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  11. 11. Overview Fiduciary responsibilities Common issues / essential tools EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Variations ADVISORY BOARD CONSORTIANonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  12. 12. Fiduciary responsibilities One definition of a nonprofit board— an ineffective group of effective peopleNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  13. 13. Fiduciary responsibilities One definition of a nonprofit board— an ineffective group of effective peopleNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  14. 14. Fiduciary responsibilities Financial oversight Fundraising & Outreach Strategy / Planning Hiring & assessing the CEO Self-perpetuationNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  15. 15. Fiduciary responsibilities Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  16. 16. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  17. 17. 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: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  18. 18. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  19. 19. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  20. 20. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  21. 21. Common Issues Structure & Process RecruitmentPolicies and proceduresCommitteesMeetingsRetreatsWork processNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  22. 22. Common Issues Structure & Process Board Policies and Procedures Role of the Board Structure of the BoardRecruitment •  MembersPolicies and procedures •  Officers •  CommitteesCommittees •  Committee MembershipMeetings Nomination Process Expectations for TrusteesRetreats Deliberations and Decisions Financial Policies and ProceduresWork process Human Resource Policies and Procedures Board Development Meetings EvaluationsNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  23. 23. Common Issues Structure & Process RecruitmentPolicies and proceduresCommitteesMeetingsRetreatsWork processNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  24. 24. 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: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  25. 25. Common Issues Capacity LeadershipBoard developmentBoard sizeFundraisingNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  26. 26. Variations Multi-tier Boards Executive committeeAdvisory boardConsortiaNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: October 3, 2012 © 2012 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  27. 27. Resources Questions? Critical Issues # 4: On Boards http://bit.ly/SyPci04 Blog (entries on governance) http://bit.ly/blogSyP Other webinars (live & archived) http://bit.ly/SyPwebinars Sample documents sbf@synthesispartnership.com Sam Frank, Principal Consultant Advising nonprofits in Synthesis Partnership strategy, planning, & organizational development sbf@synthesispartnership.com with full consulting services 617 969 1881 or just the limited guidance you may need by Skype, document sharing, email www.synthesispartnership.com & phone conference 683 Commonwealth Avenue to use our experience to assure your success. Newton MA 02459Nonprofit 2012 Synthesis Partnership © Copyright Boards & Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesdayreserved. October 3, 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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