Board Stiff? 

In my work and personal life, I meet so many people who have concerns about the nonprofit boards that they serve on or that they "staff" as nonprofit employees. The board volunteers are glad to serve, and the nonprofit employees are grateful for their board members, but almost everyone laments that their board isn't operating as efficiently or as effectively as it could.

The single best source of information on how boards should work is the national nonprofit BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards). Membership is $139, though there are group rates for folks from the same nonprofit. Non-members can still benefit from the free info and downloads found on the "Board Info" knowledge center. Don't miss the Board Essentials, especially the Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. Also check out the free e-newsletter.

If you're a board member, tell your fellow members and your nonprofit's staff members about it. If you're a staff member, tell your board members about it. You're bound to gain something from the accumulated wisdom of BoardSource. ********************* Categories: Volunteering, Learning

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