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How can I re-energize my board?

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Where can I find qualified and enthusiastic board members?

Which committees are essential to our successful leadership?

How can we work more effectively with the staff?

 

Find practical, easy-to-use tools and resources here

Accounting

-          Read Article “Accounting Pitfalls – 11 Your Nonprofit Should Avoid”

-          Read Blog “IRS Form 990 Changes – How do They Affect You?”

Agenda – See “Board Meetings” or “Retreats” or “Orientation”

Articles of Incorporation

-          Read more about Articles of Incorporation

Board Assessment – See “Board Self-Evaluation”

Board Development Committee – Also, See “Committees”

-          Apply best practices from booklet:  “The Board Development Committee”

Board Governance – See “Governance”

Board Meetings

-          Read more about Board Meetings

-          Read Blog “Effective Nonprofit Board Meetings”

-          Download free tool “Format for Board Meeting Minutes” at this web page

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “Board Meetings, Calendars, and Retreats”

Board Officers – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Board President – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Board Retreat – See “Retreat”

Board Self-Evaluation

-          Read more about Board Self-Evaluation

-          Read Article  “Nonprofit Board Self-Evaluation – The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Board Self-Assessments”

-          Read Blog “Nonprofit Board Self-Evaluation”

-          Download free tool “Board Self-Evaluation – Discussion Questions” at this web page

-          Download free tool “Board Self-Evaluation – Questionnaire” at this web page

Board/Staff Relationship

-          Read more about Board/Staff Relationship

-          Download free tool “A Look at the Short-Term Future –  A Diagnostic for NonProfit Boards and Their Staffs” at this web page

-          Download free tool “Diagnostic – Board/Staff/Volunteer Responsibilities” at this web page

By-Laws

-          Read more about By-Laws

-          Read Article “Nonprofit Bylaws Tune-Up – What to Include, What to Avoid, and How to Make it Happen”

Calendar

-          Read more about Calendars

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “Board Meetings, Calendars, and Retreats”

CEO – See “Executive Director”

Chairman/Chairperson of the Board – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Committees

-          Read more about Committees

-           Read Article “4 Nonprofit Board Committees Every Well-Run Organization Has”

-           Apply the best practices and tools from booklet :  “Big 4 Committees + Committee Overview”

-          Read Article “Well-Defined Board Committee Objectives Can Help Revitalize Your Disinterested Board “

-          Apply best practices from booklet:  “Productive Board Committees”

-           Apply best practices from booklet:  “Board Development Committee”

-           Apply best practices from booklet: “The Finance Committee”

-           Apply best practices from booklet:  “The Fundraising Committee”

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “The Personnel Committee”

Conflict of Interest

-          Read more about Conflict of Interest

-          Read Article “Conflict of Interest – 9 Essentials to Include in Your Policy and Statement”

-          Download a FREE sample “Conflict of Interest Policy and Statment” at this web page

Executive Committee

-          Read Blog “Executive Committees – What Should They Decide?”

Executive Director

-          Read Article “Nonprofit Executive Directors – You Are at Risk Without a Job Description”

-          Read Blog “Watch for Executive Director Burn-out in New Nonprofits”

Fiduciary Responsibilities

Finance – Also see “Accounting”

Finance Committee

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “The Finance Committee”

Fundraising

- Free Ready-To-Use Tool “”22 Ways to Engage Your Board in Better Fundraising” when you sign up for the free, monthly BoardsThatExcel eNewsletter.  Sign up for eNewsletter now.

-          Read Article “Fundraising – 9 Best Practices That Clarify Your Board’s Role”

-          Read Blog “What’s the Board’s Role in Fundraising?”

-          Read Article “Fundraising Appeals Speeches – Preparing Your Nonprofit Board Members to Be Ready Anywhere, Anytime”

-          Read Article “Nonprofit Board of Directors Elevator Speech – 4 Easy Steps to Promote Your Organization”

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “The Fundraising Committee”

Fundraising Committee

-          Apply the best practices from booklet : “The Fundraising Committee”

Governance

-          Read more about Governance

Human Resources – See “Personnel Committee”

Meetings – See “Board Meetings” or “Retreat”

Mission Statement

-          Read the basics of Mission Statements

-          Apply best practices from booklet:  “Vision, Mission, and Values Statements”

Minutes

Motivating the Board

-          Read Article “Nonprofit Board of Directors – Is Yours Apathetic? 5 Common Problems and How to Solve Them”

Officer Job Descriptions

-          Read Article “A Board President’s Checklist For Success”

Organization Support

-          Read more about Organization Support

Orientation of Board Members

-          Read more about Orientation

-           Apply best practices from booklet:  “Engaging Board Orientation”

Personnel Committee

-          Read Blog “Personnel Committees Need more Involvement in Compensation Decisions”

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “The Personnel Committee”

Planning

-          Read more about Planning

-          Download for free “A Look at the Short-term Future – A Diagnostic for Nonprofit Boards and Their Staffs” at this web page

Recruitment of Board Members

-          Read more about Recruitment of Board Members

-          Read Article “Board Member Recruitment – 11 Creative Ways to Find Exceptional Candidates”

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “Purposeful Board Recruitment”

Responsibilities of Board Members

Retreats

-          Read more about Retreats

-          Apply best practices from booklet: “Board Meetings, Calendars, and Retreats”

Secretary – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Staff/Board Retreat – See “Retreat”

Starting a Nonprofit Organization

-          Download free booklet “Starting a Nonprofit Organization”

Strategic Planning

-          Read more about Planning

Term Limits

-          Read Article “Term Limits – Critical to Your Nonprofit Board’s Success”

Treasurer – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Vice Chairperson – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Vice President – See “Officer Job Descriptions”

Vision Statement

-          Read more about Vision Statements

-           Apply best practices from booklet: “Vision, Mission, and Values Statements”

Values Statement

-          Read more about Values Statements

-           Apply best practices from booklet: “Vision, Mission, and Values Statements”

Peggy Law, Founder and Executive Director of the Service Dogs of Virginia writes:

“Alyson’s guidance and experience has allowed us to create a structure that works with a board that is enthusiastic and committed. I am grateful for her help and will keep going back for guidance as we evolve. I would recommend BoardWorks to anyone who needs help stewarding the changes required in an evolving organization.”

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