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1 Fundamentals of Board Development
Southern Center for Nonprofit Excellence May 23, 2013 Webinar Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE Stansbury Consulting LLC

2 “A good board is a victory not a gift.”
- Cyril O. Houle in Governing Boards Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

3 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board
Determine Organization’s Mission/Purposes Select Chief Executive Support Chief Executive and Assess their Performance Ensure Effective Organizational Planning Ensure Adequate Resources Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

4 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board
6. Manage Resources Effectively 7. Determine, Monitor and Strengthen the Organization’s Programs & Services 8. Enhance Organization’s Public Standing 9. Ensure Legal & Ethical Integrity and Maintain Accountability 10. Recruit and Orient new Board Members and Assess Board Performance Source: Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

5 Low vs. High Performing Boards
Low Performing Board High Performing Board Here, now, & yesterdays Mission driven/visionary Reaction and after the fact Strategic Bogged down in minutiae Big pictured focused Driven to get along & go along Driven to be cohesive & strong Low level of commitment/motivation Every Board member personally committed and motivated Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

6 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.
Board Role: Support Raise money; Bring clout to the organization; Provide special skills (i.e. law or accounting); Act as ambassadors to the community. Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

7 Board Role: Governance
Protect the public interest by: Selecting the top executive & assessing his/her performance Reviewing and authorizing plans and commitments Ensuring compliance with legal and contract requirements; Evaluating the organization’s work. Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

8 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.
Questions? Comments? Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

9 Why Boards don’t Govern
Over-reliance on staff Lack of independent information Unfamiliar with nonprofit management ED doesn’t encourage Board independence No personal stake in outcome/failure Avoid tension and conflict Guilt By Jan Masaoka and Mike Allison ; adapted from “Taking Trusteeship Seriously”, University of Indiana Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

10 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.
Why Boards Fail Lack of resources (money, time, staff, volunteers) Too many goals Lack of agenda and/or strategic plan Incompatible with mission Conflicts of interest Robert Harris, Association Management Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

11 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.
Questions? Comments? Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

12 What Board members need to know about fundraising
Fundraising isn’t about money. There is no shortage of donors. They don’t have to solicit but they do have to give. Make friends first. Seek donors - not just donations.

13 Tips for Board to strengthen itself
Adopt Board member expectations including fundraising Secure 100% giving Utilize and enforce term limits Prioritize year-round Board member identification & recruitment Educate itself on nonprofit governance Assess its own performance on regular basis Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

14 Tips for ED to strengthen Board
Provide Board orientation/on-going education Build relationships with Board members. Know their passion for your organization Help each Board member find their role Educate the Board about nonprofit governance Support Board President/Chair Prioritize time necessary for these activities Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

15 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.
Questions? Comments? Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

16 Getting Board on Board You can do it! Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE
Stansbury Consulting LLC (850) Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE

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