How to Improve the Board Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit boards should adopt strong financial and governance policies, and maintain a close relationship with the executive director to ensure the organization is efficiently run and stay focused on the mission. In the midst daily chaos and fundraising, it is easy for nonprofit boards to lose sight on their purpose and get distracted by tactical issues.
A few factors can make a nonprofit board efficient. It all begins with a good recruitment and nomination process. Anyone who picks new members should seek out candidates with the proper combination of skills and professional experience. Then, they should establish expectations clearly and conduct a thorough interviewing process to limit the pool of candidates who are qualified.
In addition to ensuring there aren’t conflicts of interest it is crucial that the nominating committee is seeking diversity in gender, race as well as wealth, professions, work style, expertise and political views to prevent myopia and groupthink among the board of directors. Involving those directly affected by the social issue that an organization is trying to solve for example, a homeless person serving on the board of a shelter for homeless people, can increase the effectiveness of a board.
Meetings are crucial times for boards of nonprofit organizations to work together and discuss the organization’s strategy. If you see a member of the board texting, checking their phone or drawing, it could cause a lack of motivation for those attending the meeting. Utilizing the proper tools in place to facilitate meetings can bring out the best members, reduce stress and improve performance.