~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
are volunteers, too! Look
here for infomation and the latest techniques to develop your
board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work
or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.
things to think about as you plan for the fall:
I have often said that standing committees should be few and that
the most effective committees are ad hoc based on fulfilling current
very specific objectives. I was interested to learn at a recent
Chicago conference about a nonprofit that calls its committees Strategic
Issue Committees rather than merely committees.
There are separate committees for each of the issues targeted as
strategic in the planning process.
I like the use of the words strategic issues because
it points out how significant the committees are; that they have
a purpose for being; and that they are working to fulfill the mission
and strategic plan of the organization. Surely this creates more
energy and commitment among the committee members.
Its good to ask ourselves, are our committees working
on strategic issues? If the answer is no, they
probably shouldnt exist.
BROWSING: Two new websites that can be helpful are http://www.nonprofitbasics.org,
created by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit
Leadership at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. This site
was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and provides a resource
directory for nonprofit organizations. I was particularly impressed
because, similar to Volunteer Today, it covers both governance and
volunteer management. As stated above, board members are volunteers,
too, but many sites (and many organizations) forget this and
ignore the fact that both board volunteers and those who volunteer
in other capacities in the organization are serving the organization
voluntarily to advance its mission.
The second site is
http://www.standardsforexcellence.org, created by the Maryland
Association of Nonprofit Organizations. It is an excellent effort
to develop standards for organizations to follow to demonstrate
their excellence to the community. Take a look at it!
bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: "The
Board Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary", "Leading
Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today" and