Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Board Development Plan

It is rare for a nonprofit agency's board development strategy to be in writing. Boards will perform bits and pieces of the elements that make up a full board development strategy, such as board orientation for new members, but elements for board member selection, member training, and board motivation are often skipped. A written strategy for board development will help put focus on these important elements. In addition, according to "Nonprofit Board Answer Book" (BoardSource 2002) added elements like a board reference book, a board mentoring program, an annual board retreat, and periodic self assessments will go a long way to ensuring that board members know what their roles and responsibilities are, as well as, the mission and vision of the agency. What can we do to ensure that enough emphasis is put on board development? please give me some ideas.

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