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October 14, 2015

Making Boards Better

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.

Checklist
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. 

Article
February 11, 2013

What to Do When Board Members Won't Raise Money

Now more than ever, charities rely on trustees to help bring in much-needed funds, but many of them are uninterested or intimidated by the process.

Article
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.

Checklist
September 23, 2015

How to Fix 5 Common Board-Meeting Problems

By making the most of members’ time and energy during meetings, you can help trustees better serve your nonprofit.

Article
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.

Article
October 05, 2014

How Boards Can Support New Charity Leaders

Boards should clarify roles and ask new chief executives what they need.

Article
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.

Article
April 03, 2015

Letter: Simple Steps to Promote Diversity at Nonprofits

Boards often lack critical information needed to ensure inclusion.

Article
August 12, 2013

Want to Avoid a Bad Board Experience? Consider Saying No

Too often boards take a haphazard approach to recruiting new members, and too often the recruits accept despite serious misgivings.

Article
July 14, 2013

Inviting the Public to Board Meetings Can Be Risky or Rewarding

Going beyond the faces in the boardroom can be productive in bringing a greater diversity of thinking.

Article
January 13, 2014

How Board Members Can Handle Growing Pressures in 2014

Donor concerns, tighter regulations, and increased public scrutiny demand greater vigilance in oversight.

Article
March 29, 2013

A Board’s Travels Inspire Bonding, Fresh Ideas, and Bigger Gifts

Whether you go across town or around the world, a mission trip brings trustees together in a unique and wonderful way that pays dividends for years to come.

Article
August 13, 2015

Opinion: Make Advocacy a Part of Every Board Member's Duty

Grant makers can play a key role in helping nonprofits show trustees the best ways to wield their influence.

Audio
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.

Article
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.