Step 4 – Manage to Maintain a Strong Board
Today is the last installment of the 4 steps you can take to recruiting and retaining the right board members for your nonprofit organization’s (NPO) board of directors. We will discuss Step 4- Managing your board. Managing and maintaining a good, strong functioning board can be challenging. When you have taken the previously stated 3 steps, it is then time to monitor the efforts that you have already put in place. To manage and monitor the efforts you have put in place, the following steps are helpful:
- Check in with your board members regularly. Determine their level of engagement and happiness to serve on the board. What do they enjoy about being on the board? Where are their concerns?
- Review the level of commitment of your board members. Are they attending meetings and participating as expected? Are they providing their financial contribution as expected? Do you know how they are representing the organization in the community?
- Ensure that there is continuous self-evaluation of the board. We are all human and will need to routinely asses our own performance as a board. It is important to do this for the benefit of the organization. Is the organization currently working within its stated Mission? Is the organization being led by the board towards its Vision? Where does the organization stand fiscally?
- Is there a need for change? Are there issues arising that lead to the need to re-assess the current board members? Or is there a need for additional training? Does your organization need to do or update your strategic planning?
- It is vitally important to remember that your board members are volunteers. Recognize their efforts in a way that they will appreciate. It is important to recognize the benefits that they bring your organization.
Focusing on the above steps will support your NPO board of directors to find the people who are the best fit for your board. When your board has the best members, the right leadership and continuously monitors itself, it can better retain these members as well as be inviting to future, potential candidates. Such a board is in the best position to govern your organization strongly and successfully.
I hope that these steps help you and your board in 2014! If you would like to read the previous installments of Recruiting and Retaining the Right Board Members for your Board, please go to Introduction, Step 1-Assess, Step 2-Plan and Step 3-Train.
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