Nonprofit Boards & 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 & Effective Governance

  1. 1. Nonprofit Boards & Effective Governance January 19, 2011 Sam Frank Synthesis Partnership use Twitter hashtag #npweb Special Thanks To Our Sponsors
  2. 2. Helping ordinary people raise extraordinary amounts for nonprofits is all we do, and we love it. A  Proud  Sponsor  of  NonprofitWebinars.com  
  3. 3. Today’s Speaker Sam Frank Synthesis Partnership Assisting with questions: April Hunt, Nonprofit Webinars
  4. 4. Nonprofit Boards& effective governance Sam Frank Synthesis PartnershipNonprofit Boards & Effective Governance © Copyright 2010 Synthesis Partnership SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 All rights reserved. PA R T N E R S H I P© 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reservedCopies permitted only with full attribution
  5. 5. 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 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  6. 6. Fiduciary responsibilities One definition of a nonprofit board— an ineffective group of effective people Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  7. 7. Fiduciary responsibilities Financial oversight Fundraising Strategy / Planning Hiring assessing the CEO Self-perpetuationNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  8. 8. Fiduciary responsibilities Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  9. 9. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  10. 10. 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 19, 2011 © 2011 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 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  12. 12. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  13. 13. Common Issues Membership CultivationNominationOrientationIndividual Service PlanSelf AssessmentReappointmentNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  14. 14. 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 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  15. 15. Common Issues Structure Process RecruitmentPolicies and proceduresCommitteesMeetingsRetreatsWork processNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  16. 16. Common Issues Agenda February 17, 2010Structure 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 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  17. 17. Common Issues Capacity LeadershipBoard developmentBoard sizeFundraisingNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  18. 18. Variations Multi-tier Boards Executive committeeAdvisory boardConsortiaNonprofit Boards Effective Governance SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar: January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved PA R T N E R S H I P
  19. 19. Questions? SYNTHESIS PARTNERSHIP Advising nonprofits in strategy, planning, and organizational development 683 Commonwealth Avenue Newton MA 02459 617 969 1881 info@synthesispartnership.com © Copyright 2010 Synthesis Partnership Nonprofit Boards Effective Governance All rights reserved. www.synthesispartnership.com SYNTHESISWednesday Webinar:only in entirety and with full attribution Copies permitted January 19, 2011 © 2011 Synthesis Partnership. All rights reserved synthesispartnership@blogspot.comP PA R T N E R S H I
  20. 20. ResourcesSources of more information•  Google•  BoardSource www.boardsource.org•  Critical Issues 4: On Boards http://bit.ly/SyPci04•  Blog (entries on governance) http://bit.ly/SyPblogSample documents•  Some Board Basics http://bit.ly/SyPbasics•  Sample Board Manual Outline http://bit.ly/SyPoutline•  Sample Board Nomination Form http://bit.ly/SyPnomform•  Sample Individual Service Plan http://bit.ly/SyPISPBrainstorming•  Complimentary consultation sbf@synthesispartnership.com (by e-mail, or make telephone appointment)
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