Resources for Board Members
This section of the Nonprofit Boards learning center and the Leadership Effectiveness learning center has ideas, tools, and resources to help you serve effectively as a nonprofit board member.
A Nonprofit Board or a Group of Dead Fish?
Bridgespan Partner David Simms writes about how many nonprofit boards are poorly managed and proposes steps to make them more effective.
Balancing Mission and Accountability
As an organization grows, so does its culture of accountability. But, sometimes it seems that the focus is on the bureaucracy rather than on the mission. This article by BoardSource explains how your organization can strike a healthy balance.
Becoming a More Effective Nonprofit Board
Board performance is widely recognized as a critical ingredient in a nonprofit organization’s ability to achieve impact. This article explores the key elements of what effective board performance looks like, and how can nonprofit boards become more effective.
Board Members and Personal Contributions
Many nonprofit boards spend considerable time defining the board’s role in securing adequate resources for the organization, and board members’ personal contributions are an essential part of the discussion. This article from BoardSource discusses why board members should give, various giving policies, and more on the topic.
The Nonprofit Board's Role in Onboarding and Supporting a New CEO
Author(s): Lisa Walsh, Libbie Landles-Cobb, and Leah Karlins
Published Date: July 16, 2014
The number one responsibility of any board—for-profit or nonprofit—is effective management of the senior executive, especially a new one. Yet, nonprofit leaders often report to Bridgespan that their boards fall short of that goal. Here are five ways nonprofit boards can more effectively onboard and support their new CEOs.
Extreme Makeover: Nonprofit Board Edition
Author(s): Sue Dahling Sullivan
Like the featured stories in the chart-topping reality show, there are nonprofits that need more than a modest renovation. In this GuideStar article, Sue Dahling Sullivan, chief strategic officer of Citi Performing Arts Center, points out that often a complete rebuild begins with the board and offers tips on how to manage a board makeover.
From Résumé to Repertoire: Finding the Right Nonprofit Leader
Author(s): Dr. Antoinette E. La Belle
During the search process, figuring out who is the right leader for the organization is the ultimate goal, but doing this can be as difficult as it is crucial. How will you know you’re recommending not just the best person out of good pool of candidates, but also the right person to take the organization where it needs to go? In this BoardSource article, Dr. Antionette E. La Belle shares research she conducted that can help board members answer this question.
Give New Board Members the Training You Wish You'd Had as a Newcomer
Steady opportunities to learn are crucial to the effective governance and successful performance of nonprofits. This article by BoardSource lays out a strategy for your board to set a deliberate program for board education to ensure that all members have the tools they need to properly govern.
Governance as Leadership: A Conversation with William Ryan
“Governance as Leadership,” a book published by John Wiley & Sons in October 2004, challenges traditional thinking about the role of nonprofit boards of directors with a new framework for understanding the modes in which boards govern.
It's Lonely at the Top: Why Board Assessment of the Chief Executive is Critical to the Executive's — And the Organization's — Success
This article by BoardSource explains why boards should conduct the periodic assessment of the chief executive.
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