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Advisory Boards

Advisory boards or committees are made up of volunteers and are formed to give advice and recommendations to a nonprofit’s ...
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Board Job Descriptions

Free Management Library: Sample Job Descriptions for Board Chair, Vice Chair, Committee Chair, Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer Bridgestar: Board Job ...
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Board Meetings: Agendas, Minutes, and Other Considerations

One of the most effective ways to accomplish productive meetings — and strong governance — is to carefully design an ...
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Board Member Contracts

Call it a contract or an agreement, it’s an excellent idea to have a written statement outlining your board members’ ...
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Board Portals and Other Ways to Collaborate

Software can bridge the distance and unite dispersed collaborators by making it easy to present, review, and comment on information ...
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Board Roles and Responsibilities

Board Roles and Duties  A succinct discussion of a boards roles and duties from the Nonprofit Law Blog. Are you ...
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Board Staff Interactions: What’s Acceptable, What’s Not?

This compilation of FAQs from BoardSource helps explain the ins and outs of the board–staff partnership ...
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Board Toolkit

We understand that board services is one of the most challenging aspects of managing a nonprofit, both from the board ...
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Can Nonprofits Pay Board Members?

Even though compensating board members is standard in the business world, only a small percentage of nonprofits compensate board members ...
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Conflict of Interest

Nonprofit Conflict of Interest: A 3-Dimensional View an article by Jan Masaoka offers a nuanced view of conflict of interest issues ...
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Creating and Maintaining Your Bylaws

Annotated Form of Bylaws for a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation [2016] from Public Counsel Here’s an excellent article on what ...
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Evaluating the Board

Tools for self assessment Board self-assessment aims to help a board do its job better by improving members’ understanding of ...
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Fast Facts About Boards

Quick answers to your basic questions about boards Unlike private businesses, nonprofit organizations are not “owned” by anyone. Instead they ...
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Recruiting Board Members

Guidelines, tips and tools BoardSource’s Board Recruitment Center has a Recruit Board Members section for nonprofit staff and board members ...
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Resources to Help Build a Better Board

Comprehensive resources for both those new to boards and those wanting to improve their boards All About Boards offers tools, ...
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Sample Dashboard Indicators for Your Board

Dashboards can be valuable tools for the executive director and the board when making critical decisions. This sample from CompassPoint will ...
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Taking Action on Board Diversity

Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices published by BoardSource reveals some troubling information about the diversity of ...
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Term Limits for Nonprofit Boards

The debate on term limits has been waging for decades, if not centuries.  So, there is no “settled” answer to ...
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The Board and Fundraising

In her article Getting to 100% Board Giving, author Jan Masaoka offers five great ideas to get you there ...
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The Board and the Executive Director

Evaluating, preparing for transition, setting compensation, understanding board vs ED roles EVALUATING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  "Evaluating the Executive Director," Blue ...
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The Board of an All Volunteer Organization

Many people work in groups in which nobody is paid, everyone is part-time, and everyone can leave any time they ...
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Top 10 Ways to Get Investigated by a State Regulator

Nonprofit board members need to understand the regulatory environment in which their organizations operate. State attorneys general have the power ...
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