BoardSource is committed to supporting board and staff leaders during this trying time. To do so, we have compiled some of the most common questions we’ve seen in our community with answers and accompanying resources from our Ask-an-Expert team. The Ask-an-Expert service is typically a member benefit, but during this time it is available to all organizations.
Every nonprofit is encouraged to function transparently. The more information you share, the easier it is for the public to get to know you and determine whether you are worthy of support. However, it is important to know where the line lies between the public’s need to know and internal confidential information.
There are thousands of great associations, chambers and other nonprofits working for important causes. Each has a mission and dedicated leadership. I have been introduced to noteworthy practices in governance, communications and membership. First, know precisely why the organization exists. It should be clear by the mission, but that is often stuffed with everything the board can fit into it. Worse, then nobody can remember much about the mission.
There are three main roles that the board plays for a nonprofit organization. But there also three legal duties of board service, and another 10 basic responsibilities. That’s a lot to keep track of. This infographic illustrates how they overlap, so you don’t get confused.
Quorums are a very important part of ensuring your board is making decisions in an appropriate way and should be specified in your bylaws. This resource includes a sample quorum policy, as well as the answers to these questions:
*What is a quorum?
*Why is a quorum necessary?
*How does one set a quorum?
*What if reaching a quorum is a frequent issue?
All board members should serve on a board committee, but determining where to place them is often more art than science. This resource, complete with worksheets for the five most popular committees, is designed to help.
Does your organization have a process for establishing chief executive compensation? If not, this checklist outlines 11 key items to consider when creating a compensation plan, including reviewing the job description, understanding the marketplace, and more.
After unveiling its current strategic framework, BoardSource’s board and senior leadership reflected on what they learned from the planning process. The result was six key insights that may help you with your strategic planning.
Your story is what attracts people to you—and what keeps them coming back. A story that captures the imagination and motivates your audience to take action is the foundation of your success as a nonprofit leader.
Even the most organized, responsible, and amiable board needs to document its activities, internal rules, and processes. In this free, colorful infographic, we present the board’s must-have documents. Are your “papers” in order?
Carefully crafted bylaws and adherence to them can help ensure the fairness of your board decisions and provide protection against legal challenges. Give your bylaws the attention they demand. This free resource is designed to help.
This template, developed by the TAWB Member Services Committee, provides a thorough overview of the workforce system in Texas which can be customized to individual board areas. To receive the PowerPoint version, contact TAWB Executive Director Greg Vaughn.
A strong partnership between the chief executive and board chair is essential to leading an effective organization. When the relationship goes awry, it’s often due to confusion over individual responsibilities. This infographic is designed to help delineate who does what.
Board meeting logistics are important to pay attention to if you want your board meeting to have a maximum impact. In this BoardSource blog post from our archives, learn about the where, when, and how of planning effective and enjoyable meetings, both for nonprofit staff and board members.
Dig into BoardSource’s new report to learn what is happening in today’s nonprofit boardrooms. Gather insights into the sector’s governance trends, strengths, and challenges. Use the data to start a conversation with your board about how its composition, culture, and practices compare with your peers.
Many nonprofits have expanded their impact through strategic alliances and restructuring. They are finding that they can do more in partnership with others than they can do alone. The Power of Possibility campaign is focused on inspiring nonprofit collaboration. Learn more about those strategic moments when your leadership should be considering strategic partnerships.
As the recognized expert on nonprofit boards, BoardSource has formalized a set of recommended governance practices that reflect our decades of experience working with tens of thousands of nonprofit board leaders and conducting extensive research on board practices. They highlight essential, leading, and compliance practices.
Exceptional board members build on their basic responsibilities and pay attention to how they approach board service. Perfect for those new to board service, this resource explains six ways in which board members can go from good to great.
This checklist is a general outline to guide the orientation of new board members. Your organization should modify it as you see fit to ensure that all new board members are provided with the information necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.