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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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