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What to Expect: 6 Tips for Being a High Performing New Board Member
Being a new board member comes with a unique set of challenges but more importantly, it comes with a variety of opportunities!
With these 6 tips in your back pocket, you’re able to better understand your role and more effectively serve the nonprofit organization close to your heart.
How to Onboard a First-Time Board Member in 6 Simple Steps
As the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, preparing new board members for successful board service is a crucial responsibility. However, when was the last time you onboarded a first-time board member? Someone with no prior board service experience requires a unique onboarding process tailored to their specific needs. This special onboarding is essential, especially when aiming to recruit young professionals or individuals new to board service. Failing to recognize these unique learning needs could lead to a less than favorable outcome for both you and the new board member.
10 Board Habits to Kick
Board governance is a critical aspect of nonprofit organizations, and it's not uncommon for board members to exhibit behaviors that may inadvertently hinder the organization's progress. Recognizing and addressing these problematic habits is crucial for the overall health and success of the nonprofit. In this blog, we'll explore 10 common problematic board habits and discuss effective strategies to overcome them. By understanding and addressing these behaviors, nonprofit boards can function more effectively and contribute to the greater good of the organization.
Standards for Excellence Blog: Engaging the Board as a Catalyst for Change
How can you effectively engage the board to be a catalyst for real change?
Check out our latest blog post featured on the Standards for Excellence Institute website!
Best Practices in Board Performance
If you’re passionate about board service, you’ve probably wondered how your organization can ensure a high performing board.
The Standards for Excellence:® An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector helps board members like yourself understand best practices in board performance so that you can identify and implement strategies to ensure a high performing board.
The Top 10 “Board Blunders” & How to Avoid Them
Nonprofit board service creates stronger communities. However, it’s common for board members to unknowingly commit “board blunders:” well-intentioned mistakes that cause poor outcomes.
At face value, the top 10 “board blunders” seem like good things boards should do but upon closer examination, they can be barriers to success. Here’s how to recognize blunders and work to avoid them.
How to Conduct a CEO Performance Evaluation
Imagine you’re a CEO or Executive Director (ED) who has had exemplary performance but has not had an evaluation or raise in three years. Or, imagine you’re part of a board who hasn’t completed a formal evaluation of the ED in three years. Now, you’re beginning to question their ability to lead the organization.
When asked about the ED’s performance criteria and how they’re tied to the strategic plan and organizational performance metrics, you reply, “We don’t do that.” Does this sound familiar?
PANO Article: Best Practices in Board Recruitment
The time has come for you to recruit a new board member. You’re probably feeling stress, excitement, and overwhelm from the nagging question of “where do we even begin?”
Worry no more! The Standards for Excellence:® An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector offers best practices for board recruitment so that you can effectively fill your open seat. Like many things, it all begins with some basic knowledge.
What’s Keeping You Up at Night? Very often it is a symptom of something else…
In today's fast-paced and uncertain business landscape, CEOs and senior leaders are constantly grappling with a multitude of challenges that keep them up at night. From the struggle to recruit and retain top talent, to the ever-present threat of burnout, and the difficulties of navigating supply chain disruptions and economic uncertainties, it's no wonder that many are feeling overwhelmed. And while the pandemic may be subsiding, chaos and complexity are still on the rise. In the midst of all these pressing concerns, it's crucial to take a step back and address the underlying root causes that continue to plague organizations.
Strategy Solutions is Celebrating 25 Years in Business
Strategy Solutions, Inc. has recently been recognized for their exceptional achievements in the field of longevity and leadership. Featured in Business Magazine's Longevity & Leadership issue, this esteemed recognition showcases the company's commitment to excellence and their innovative strategies that have set them apart. To learn more about Strategy Solutions, Inc.'s remarkable journey, check out the exclusive feature in Business Magazine
Donor Society Levels: A Key Component of Stewardship Strategy
Donor Society levels play a significant role in cultivating relationships with donors and expressing gratitude for their contributions. However, many individuals overlook the importance of these levels, and some nonprofits do not have them at all. By recognizing and highlighting donors' contributions, we can convey how essential they are to the sustainability of our organizations. In terms of donor relationships, best practices recommend focusing on a three-year trend of acquiring, renewing, and upgrading donations, particularly with entry-level donors. Acquiring the gift in the first year, renewing it in the second year, and progressively increasing or upgrading it, where feasible, can yield positive outcomes for both donors and organizations.
Best Practices in Board Performance
Creating a high-performing board is a crucial goal for any organization. To achieve this, one key strategy is to establish an effective Governance Committee. This committee plays a vital role in ensuring strong board performance. In this short video, we delve into the job description of a Governance Committee and explore how it contributes to the overall success of the board. Stay tuned to discover the essential elements of a high-performing board and the importance of a dedicated Governance Committee.
Engaging The Board as a Catalyst for Change
When it comes to running a successful nonprofit organization, having a well-organized board committee structure is crucial. These committees serve as the backbone through which the organization can effectively advance its mission. However, it is surprising how many organizations lack an effective committee structure in place. In this short video, we will explore the importance of aligning your board behind your strategic plan and how creating an "agenda of work" for each board committee can help you achieve your goals.
Best Practices in Board Recruitment
In this video, we will explore the topic of board recruitment and best practices that can help organizations ensure the appropriate board composition. We will delve into the concept of board diversity and its importance, as well as discuss how to identify the skill sets needed to support your organization. Additionally, we will provide strategies to help you connect with board candidates who will meet your specific needs. So if you're looking to enhance your understanding of board recruitment, video is for you. Stay tuned for valuable insights and tips!