FIVE REASONS TO DO BOARD DEVELOPMENT

Why bother with board development? Most would say we need a better board, more members, more engaged members, and more fundraising. Let me offer five reasons for you to get serious about board development.

  1. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. Have a board that clearly understands its role as a governing body. Have members who function well in board meetings. And have members know more about how they can better serve outside of regular meetings.
  1. MORE PRODUCTIVE BOARD MEETINGS. You want your board meetings to energize your members rather than de-energize them. That means engaging in the right issues in a manner that is productive. There are some simple things to learn about creating better board meetings.
  1. RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS. If you have a clear understanding of what you are looking for in board members and a process to recruit new members, you will reach your goals for the membership you want and need.
  1. FUNDRAISING. Boards don’t fundraise. Board members do, but each in their own unique way. A board that is, as Susan Howlett puts it, “on fire” will joyfully engage in fundraising.
  1. ENGAGEMENT. There is nothing like having board members that are energized by their engagement on the board, and who are your ambassadors wherever they go.

Every single one of those values is worth engaging in some serious board development.

For more information be sure to check out my book Board Essentials: 12 Best Practices of Nonprofit Boards

About Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman Principal / Consultant Phone: 253-237-4118 After many years of nonprofit leadership and the privilege of getting to know hundreds of organizations through my work with the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I am pleased to offer my services to you at BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting. Our small Pacific Northwest based company is focused on helping guide nonprofit organizations and their leaders into the future by offering our services in board governance, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational change. Always feel free to contact me with your thoughts and questions.
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