Do you know what makes one nonprofit board high-functioning and another… not?
Information and opportunity.
Board service means something different to volunteers and staff. Often, volunteers don’t understand the extent of their commitment, and they skip meetings and obligations simply because they lack an understanding of their role in the first place.
Staff members may underestimate the board’s role and responsibility in guiding their mission and miss opportunities to educate and engage these leaders in meaningful ways.
So, how do we send information and opportunity back into the boardroom?
It’s simple: staff leaders must commit to a systematic program of onboarding and educating their board members. Board education should not be a one-time event. It should be a culture of internal engagement that is nurtured.
When organizations commit to cultivating their board members, they enjoy benefits that other nonprofits can only dream about: strategic focus, meaningful engagement and active support of the mission’s greatest needs. That’s where the “high-functioning” part comes in.
Here are our observations and tips for creating a high-functioning board capable of giving you the support you need.