Building an Effective Nonprofit Board
|March 8, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management||
Effective board members lead to better governance, which in turn leads to improved organizational performance and the sustainability of the nonprofit. Unfortunately, in reality board performance may be hampered by role confusion, vacancies and communication difficulties. The white paper, Governance: Bench Strength, Capacity, Renewal from The Philadelphia Foundation examines the methods of governance by nonprofit boards in southeastern Pennsylvania, utilizing data from a recent study of area nonprofits conducted by the Foundation.
Highlights of the paper include:
- The need to rethink traditional board recruitment strategies in light of the number of board positions and questions of under-representation;
- revising the amount (and content) of the training board members receive; and
- promoting the importance of a commitment to community service to current and potential board members.
The full paper is available at The Philadelphia Foundation’s website.
Here in Pittsburgh, The Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) at Duquesne University helps nonprofit organizations face the challenges of board recruitment and training with their unique services. The NLI program Boards by Design brings together nonprofits and potential board members at several “speed dating” style events each year to begin the placement process. The Institute also offers a series of trainings in areas such as fundraising, succession planning and communication for new and current board members.