How You Can Engage New Board Members: Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization Edit Title

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Finding, cultivating and orienting board members is no small task. Strong boards understand that a focus on new members requires a clear understanding and commitment to the notion of governance—not management (the role of staff) as well as stewardship, dedication and consistency. Unfortunately, there is often a space between what nonprofits know they should do and the reality of what occurs. Remember the ultimate goal: to establish a high-functioning board that provides a wealth of resources through stability, income, credibility and labor.
The process of creating the culture of the board is the province of a standing committee on governance and leadership development. Its charge is to establish the basic responsibilities of nonprofit board members which include:
• determining the organization’s mission and purposes;
• selecting the executive;
• supporting the executive and reviewing his/her performance;
• ensuring effective organizational planning;
• monitoring and strengthening programs and services;
• providing adequate financial resources and stewarding the relationships of those who fund the organization;
• protecting assets and providing financial oversight;
• building a competent board—particularly by replacing themselves;
• ensuring legal and ethical integrity; and
• enhancing the organization’s public image.
Organizations with compelling missions represented by weak leaders face an uphill battle. However, the converse is true as well: you can achieve whatever you can conceive if the leaders are passionate. The bottom line is that people are ultimately more important than the mission: donors and funders are considerably more likely to invest their charitable dollars when they believe in and are inspired by an institution’s leadership.
This webinar is designed to help you achieve maximum success—whether you are a new start-up organization or about to celebrate your centennial. It will help you consider the current state of your board, highlight gaps and areas for improvement as well as find paths to ensure you create a successful and cohesive working group.

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