The Nonprofit Board of Directors A Responsibility Primer

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					Board Development

             A presentation for:
         Habitat for Humanity:
      Annual Statewide Conference
                    by:
          Judith L. Millesen, PhD
            millesen@ohio.edu
         Saturday, March 28,2009
Understanding the Context for the
Board’s Work

   The Diverse Nature of the Nonprofit Sector
   National and Local Issues
   Organizational Characteristics
   Board Considerations
Board Members Basics
   What we would like all board members to do:

       Govern the organization and provide
        accountability
       Fulfill their roles and responsibilities
       Lead the organization
Boards and “Governance”
   To Govern is to Steer
   Boards have been granted authority to make
    decisions
   Boards must be accountable for
    organizational performance
   The board is the legal guardian of the
    organization and is responsible for the
    organization’s current and future welfare
Contemporary Board Challenges
   Managing an Effective Working Board

   Transitioning to a Governing Board
   Board Recruitment, Retention, and
    Engagement
   Making Meetings Matter
Managing an Effective Board
(Working or Governing)

   Establish Appropriate Roles

   Clarify Expectations

   Communicate

   Provide Feedback & Evaluate
Board Recruitment & Retention
   Describe why a prospect is wanted and needed
   Describe expectations and responsibilities
   Invite questions
   Elicit interest and preparedness to serve
   Don’t minimize requirements
   Recruit a diverse board
       without tokenism
       with clear definitions and intentions
       with awareness of invisible barriers
Board Engagement
   Reignite Passion
   Clarify Expectations & Assign Responsibility
   Solicit Feedback & Encourage Participation
   Create Engaging Board& Committee
    Meetings
   Add a Little Fun
Making Meetings Matter

   Consent Agendas

   Re-prioritize Agenda Items
   Thematic Meetings
   Dashboards

   Catalytic Questions
Concluding Thought

 “Never doubt that a small group of
 thoughtful, committed people can
 change the world. Indeed, it is the
 only thing that ever has.”

                         Margaret Mead

				
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