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Boards of Directors: Best Practices

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

This week the DANA Board of Directors held its quarterly board meeting.  It is clear the board members are very committed to DANA and its mission. They are comprised of community, foundation, business, and nonprofit leaders who care about the nonprofit sector. Their diverse backgrounds bring a wealth of experience and perspective to determine the vision and strategy for DANA. Many of them serve on other boards, and take their board responsibility very seriously.

Having the right board members is a crucial element in having a great organization. As Jim Collins states in his ‘Good to Great’ book, “First get the right people on the bus.” This is especially true with the volunteers who comprise a nonprofit’s board. It starts with assessing the current board and evaluating its recruiting and orientation processes. Has your board reviewed its current composition? If so, are they the right people to move the organization forward? Do they understand their legal and fiduciary responsibilities? Are they actively participating in providing oversight and the resources for your nonprofit organization to remain sustainable and deliver its mission into the future?

Did you know: DANA offers a Board Assessment Tool which helps nonprofit boards evaluate the strengths of their governance practices. This is a great benchmark to identify current strengths and opportunities for growth of your board. To learn more, contact Paul Stock at pstock@delawarenonprofit.org

There are many resources available to nonprofit leaders and board chairs regarding best practices for board member recruitment, orientation, and outlining expectations for engagement. A quick google search will pull up a few white papers as well as academic studies. As an added benefit, DANA members can access best practice models through the Standards for Excellence® education packets that I mentioned in my last blog. DANA also provides training for board members, including customized governance consulting. As your organization begins planning for 2016, consider evaluating your board’s practices and discuss as a team how to move those good practices to great practices. Your organization will benefit from the results!

 

Tags:  Board Member  Board of Directors  Good to Great  Jim Collins  nonprofits  Standards for Excellence 

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