A well-run board is a great asset, but a dysfunctional one can hold a nonprofit back. Experts agree that it’s important for charity boards to be diverse, committed to the mission, and willing to contribute by raising money and participating fully in the decision-making process.
Below are links to articles from The Chronicle that will help nonprofits build better boards — and help board members govern nonprofits more effectively.
September 22, 2015
Top 10 Things to Consider Before Joining a Board
A foundation executive director and board chair share key questions to answer before a prospective member commits to serving on a board.
February 11, 2013
What to Do When Board Members Won't Raise Money
September 26, 2011
Quiz: Is Your Board Suffering From Burnout
If you're a trustee or chief executive, take this simple quiz created by BoardSource to find out whether your nonprofit board needrejuvenation.
February 08, 2015
How Nonprofits Persuade Their Boards to Spend More on Fundraising
Showing the potential for strong returns and establishing close ties with the CFO are among the ways top fundraisers get bosses and boards to spend more.
August 27, 2014
The World's Best Board Member
He shares his enthusiasm for the charity with his friends, listens to and supports the CEO, knows when to speak up and when to zip it—and throws great parties.
August 12, 2013
Want to Avoid a Bad Board Experience? Consider Saying No
March 29, 2013
A Board’s Travels Inspire Bonding, Fresh Ideas, and Bigger Gifts
March 03, 2015
Make Your Trustees Champions of Your Nonprofit
Help your board members understand your group’s mission and its activities, and be sure they know how to describe it to others, say two experts.
December 19, 2014
Questions Board Members Should Ask to Foster Diversity
Consultant Ann Lehman suggests making diversity part of a strategic plan and setting up a buddy system to mentor new trustees.