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Curating Your Board

Friday, May 06, 2016 8:54 AM | Katena Cain (Administrator)

The responsibility of the board is to provide leadership by assisting the executive director in establishing goals and building the capacity of the organization.  It's a big responsibility, and to accomplish it, your board needs to be a carefully curated group of individuals whose skills and perspectives represent the best interests of the organization. If you don't have the right people on the board, governance can be ineffective and the organization will suffer.

Here are some symptoms that might indicate your board is ineffective:
  • Programs aren't growing
  • Funders are not supporting you the way they once did
  • The community does not know about you
  • People do not want to join your board
  • Board attendance rates are inconsistent and sporadic

Having the right people in the room ensures you have the diverse skill sets, knowledge, and worldviews necessary to lead your organization in a comprehensive way.  Recruitment needs to be strategic. Start by asking these naive questions: Do we have the right people on our board?  Do we have enough people to accomplish the work we want to do?  Have a conversation as a board around these questions and revisit them regularly.


Nonprofit has a variety of tools and surveys available to help you assess your board's effectiveness.  Would you like to have a conversation about how we can build your capacity?  Please reach out to me. We're here to serve you.

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