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Board governance for Nonprofits


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An overview of five ways a board can function

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Board governance for Nonprofits

  1. 1. James C. Galvin, Ed.D.
  2. 2. All nonprofit organizations have a board that represents the owners
  3. 3. We have numerous opportunities to serve on or for boards
  4. 4. Most boards are ineffective and meetings are frustrating for members
  5. 5. Board members can learn to work together and govern well
  6. 6. Transition to policy governance for greater board effectiveness
  7. 7. Transition to policy governance for greater board effectiveness Board Type Written Policies Best Practices
  8. 8. Identify what type of board you are and what type you want to be Board Type Written Policies Best Practices
  9. 9. Most members have not received any formal training in governance
  10. 10. Most members have never observed a board governing well
  11. 11. We all have a mental model for how a board is supposed to function
  12. 12. All boards fall somewhere between over- controlling and out of control Managing Board Governing Board Ratifying Board Working Board Disengaged Board
  13. 13. Boards tend to fluctuate between micro- managing and rubber-stamping
  14. 14. Policy governance presents clear, tangible benefits for organizations
  15. 15. Policy governance keeps boards pointed in the right direction
  16. 16. Policy governance is useful for helping a bad situation become better
  17. 17. Policy governance provides a way to reduce political in-fighting Acts 15: 24-29Acts 23: 1-10
  18. 18. Formulate policies as a board and capture them in writing Board Type Written Policies Best Practices
  19. 19. Board policies are recorded in a document that belongs to the board
  20. 20. Board policies fit between By-Laws and standard operating procedures Articles of Incorporation By-Laws Board Policies Standard Operating Procedures
  21. 21. Policies guide decisions even when they are unwritten
  22. 22. Policies should be written down and organized in one place
  23. 23. Organizational ends policies describe what the organization is for
  24. 24. Executive limitations policies define what is out of bounds
  25. 25. Board-staff delegation policies clarify lines of authority and accountability
  26. 26. Board process policies describe how the board is to function
  27. 27. Board policies cover four important categories of decision-making
  28. 28. Board policies that are well-written meet five standards
  29. 29. Adopt best practices of governance from other effective boards Board Type Written Policies Best Practices
  30. 30. Rob, pillage, and steal best practices from other boards
  31. 31. Email eliminates the cost of postage and unnecessary handouts
  32. 32. The consent agenda saves precious time and eliminates dull reports
  33. 33. A dashboard of key indicators communicates numerical data quickly
  34. 34. Standing committees should be used sparingly
  35. 35. Hand signals help keep discussion on track during the meeting
  36. 36. Conduct a process check at the end of every board meeting
  37. 37. A private board website assures easy access to all pertinent information
  38. 38. Use a web survey service to gather opinions from staff, board, donors
  39. 39. Refreshments keep board members alert and awake
  40. 40. Folding seminar tables work better than a large, traditional board table
  41. 41. Bible study and prayer help board members grow in faith
  42. 42. Hang time allows you to build a caring community
  43. 43. Board retreats allow for relationship building and training
  44. 44. Schedule a personal appointment to determine level of financial involvement
  45. 45. Annual review for the pastor should focus on ends and limitations policies
  46. 46. An annual By-Law review prevents boards from getting off track
  47. 47. Board self-assessment keeps boards fresh and disciplined
  48. 48. A perpetual calendar will help keep a board on task and policies fresh
  49. 49. A board orientation program helps new members contribute sooner
  50. 50. Coaching can strengthen the board chair and improve group process
  51. 51. You are feeling frustrated with your board and want better governance
  52. 52. Transition to policy governance for greater board effectiveness Board Type Written Policies Best Practices
  53. 53. G&A