Dear friends and professional advisors,
I bet you have seen everything - the good, the bad, the ugly - when it comes to non-profit boards. We will have lots of time to discuss issues and challenges in non-profit governance and board effectiveness, but first! Let's take a few minutes to discuss the characteristics of great non-profit boards.
What have seen that you believe are core ingredients for great non-profit board work? I'll go first...
Top 10 Ingredients for a Strong Non-Profit Board of Directors
An active management team, which demonstrates its competency by 'serving up' the right level of information and brings insights to the board
The board is crystal clear about its purpose, and the role it plays.
Directors that are comfortable and knowledgeable about their role, and ability to probe.
A board and CEO that are clear on the differences in their roles - that is, the board governs and oversees, while the management manages the organization.
Strong and confident leadership from the board chair or board president.
What other characteristics do you see?