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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 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013. A good board is a victory not a gift. - Cyril O. Houle in Governing Boards

3 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013. 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board 1.Determine Organizations Mission/Purposes 2.Select Chief Executive 3.Support Chief Executive and Assess their Performance 4.Ensure Effective Organizational Planning 5.Ensure Adequate Resources

4 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013. 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Board 6. Manage Resources Effectively 7. Determine, Monitor and Strengthen the Organizations Programs & Services 8. Enhance Organizations Public Standing 9. Ensure Legal & Ethical Integrity and Maintain Accountability 10. Recruit and Orient new Board Members and Assess Board Performance Source: www.boardsource.org

5 Low vs. High Performing Boards Low Performing BoardHigh Performing Board Here, now, & yesterdaysMission driven/visionary Reaction and after the factStrategic Bogged down in minutiaeBig pictured focused Driven to get along & go alongDriven to be cohesive & strong Low level of commitment/motivation Every Board member personally committed and motivated Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.

6 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. 2013.

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 organizations work. Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.

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

9 Why Boards dont Govern Over-reliance on staff Lack of independent information Unfamiliar with nonprofit management ED doesnt encourage Board independence No personal stake in outcome/failure Avoid tension and conflict Guilt By Jan Masaoka and Mike Allison www.blueavocado.org ; adapted from Taking Trusteeship Seriously, University of Indiana Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.

10 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. 2013.

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

12 What Board members need to know about fundraising 1.Fundraising isnt about money. 2.There is no shortage of donors. 3.They dont have to solicit but they do have to give. 4.Make friends first. 5.Seek donors - not just donations.

13 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013. 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

14 Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013. 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

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

16 Getting Board on Board You can do it! Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE Stansbury Consulting LLC (850) 668-2569 www.stansburyconsulting.com Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE. 2013.


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