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Board of Directors
Board Chair & Chief executive
The partnership of the board chair and chief executive provides a structure for accomplishing the tasks of the organization. Governance and management complement and support each other — together focused on mission through different perspectives and actions. The partnership itself is critical in providing communications headquarter for sharing information, addressing issues, and planning the next steps appropriate to the individual and collective responsibilities.
Board Chair and Chief Executive Communications FAQ
What makes exceptional organizations exceptional? One of the key ingredients is a constructive partnership between the board chair and the chief executive. But, just like any relationship, building and maintaining the board chair–chief executive partnership calls for hard work by both parties — and communication is key. Communication is how we exchange information and ideas — two things every board chair and every chief executive need to do their jobs. Knowing when, where, how, and how much to communicate can make a big difference in enabling a strong board chair–chief executive partnership. This resource featuring frequently asked questions is designed to help.
Board Member Application Form
Thank you for considering service on the Wellbeing Initiative Board of Directors. The mission of the CAC is to impact the lives of those living with mental health challenges by providing a community of well-informed peers that empowers members to reach their fullest potential.
THREE STAGES IN A NONPROFIT BOARD’S LIFECYCLE
Boards are not — and should not — be static. To be effective, they must change and evolve as their organizations change and grow. Many years ago, Karl Mathiasen III wrote a paper for Board Source. He identified three different and distinct types of nonprofit boards that develop as their organizations grow and change. While recognizing that various permutations of the three exist, that the board maturing process is not inevitable — organizations may develop differently or boards may stop at one stage or another — and that each panel is unique, he noticed that these three vast types of boards appear and reappear regularly in the nonprofit world.
WHAT DOES BOARD SERVICE ENTAIL?
How the three main roles of the board relate to the 10 basic responsibilities of nonprofit board members:
BOARD SIZE FINDING THE SWEET SPOT
Is there a sweet spot for your board’s size? Yes, there very likely is, but it differs for each board. One size does not fit all. How to determine the best size for your board? Start by considering the pros and cons of small and large boards:
CHIEF EXECUTIVE DOS & DON’TS in Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members
Develop networks of people and organizations that share similar values and use these networks to identify potential board members
CHECKLIST - of Board Roles and Responsibilities
Basic board roles and responsibilities are the foundation for a successful board. Board Source has designed this checklist so you can quickly remind yourself of your key responsibilities. It’s also a great board orientation tool! Can you check all the boxes
MISSING IN ACTION: BOARD MEETING ATTENDANCE
Sitting in the Shadyspot Community Center boardroom, Juan, Sylvia, and Monika were fed up. Where were the other eight board members? Stefan, the board chair, should have called the meeting to order 15 minutes ago, but there were not enough individuals present to make a quorum. Juan, Sylvia, and Monika looked at each other, rolling their eyes. They were the only ones who could be counted on to attend each and every monthly meeting.
EMERGENCY LEADERSHIP TRANSITION PLAN
If an organization’s CEO/executive director abruptly resigns, is fired, or is otherwise unable to lead the organization, it is vital to have an emergency transition plan in place. The staff and board must be able to continue the daily tasks that keep the organization running, but cannot do so without clear leadership and a plan to address the leadership vacancy moving forward.
WHERE IS RACE ON YOUR BOARD’S RECRUITMENT AGENDA?
To succeed in an increasingly diverse world, nonprofit organizations need to remain relevant and connected to the communities they serve. Their leaders — board members and chief executives — need to represent diverse points of views. To what extent is this happening?
Which financial records to keep and how long
You can't take everything with you, but the following are suggestions about how long you should keep business and personal records on file:
TERM LIMITS: THUMBS UP? THUMBS DOWN?
Nonprofit boards have been debating the pros and cons of term limits for many years. If your board has not embraced term limits (and we recommend you do), perhaps the time is now for your board to revisit the topic. This infographic is designed to help you tee-up the conversation.