How Board Self-Assessment Strengthens a Board and the Organization it Governs

We have spent the past year focused on leadership development.  The last aspect of the cycle is assessment and evaluation.  The opportunity to serve on the board and the government a nonprofit organization is an opportunity to contribute skills, experience, knowledge, and wisdom to an organization … [Read more...]

Leadership Roles in the Development Function

The heart and soul of any nonprofit enterprise is in the development function. Through the work that volunteer leaders and staff do in development, all the relationships—each and every one—of the organization are managed. This article outlines how the roles and responsibilities of the development … [Read more...]

Involving New Board Members

Immediately after the orientation of new board members, it is important to engage them in activities that they will enjoy and succeed at, as well as to acknowledge their assistance. It is helpful to gather information on each new members interests connections and backgrounds at the start of his or … [Read more...]

Orienting New Board Members

Bringing a new board member on board requires more than an introduction to their new colleagues. To welcome and acculturate them to the board, take the time to plan the process. First, consider creating both individual and group orientation sessions – particularly if you establish one time of year … [Read more...]

Planning an Individualized, “Foreground” Cultivation Process, Part II

As you continue the planning that is vital for the individualized cultivation process, keep the following in mind: Have two representatives of the organization present so that they can take turns speaking about the organization. While one is speaking, the other can listen and observe the … [Read more...]

Planning an Individualized “Foreground” Cultivation Process, Part I

Last month, I introduced the concept of cultivation and recruitment of prospective candidates for leadership of your agency.  The two key concepts were to plan carefully and to create a series of “background” moves to engage all prospects as a group.  This month, I will focus upon the “foreground … [Read more...]

Cultivate and Recruit New Board Members

As I wrote last month in Criteria for Board Member Candidate Consideration, “every board member should play an important role in introducing prospective board members to the nonprofit.”  Once a prospective leader for your nonprofit has been identified, and, if after reviewing a completed Prospective … [Read more...]

Criteria for Board Member Candidate Consideration

Every Board Member’s Responsibility As I wrote last month in Identifying Potential Board Members for Your Nonprofit, every board member should play an important role in introducing prospective board members to the nonprofit and cultivating their interest in it. It may take as long as several … [Read more...]

Identifying Potential Board Members for Your Nonprofit

Last month, in our continuing series on strengthening your agency’s board and volunteer leadership, I detailed the basic responsibilities of a board member and outlined how to begin “Assessing the Current Makeup of Your Nonprofit Board.” This month, I will focus on the ways in which you might … [Read more...]

Assessing the Current Makeup of Your Nonprofit Board

Last month, in our continuing series on strengthening your agency’s board and volunteer leadership, I outlined the specific responsibilities of the committee on governance and leadership development.  This month I will look at assessing the current makeup of your nonprofit board. Board Member … [Read more...]