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BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
They are volunteers, too! Look here for information
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.
Boards sometimes have to make hard decisionsthose
complex decisions to which there is no easy answer and where none of
the possible alternatives seems to be perfect. The chair needs to help
the board arrive at a decision that, to the best of the board's ability
to see into the future, seems to be the best option.
Here are some ways I have found helpful
when dealing with serious major decisions.
In advance of the board meeting:
Prepare a decision memo for the board (in a large organization
the appropriate staff can help you with this).
Begin this memo with a statement of the problem, as you see it.
List the alternative ways you can think of to handle the problem.
List the strengths and weaknesses of each alternative.
Submit it to the board in the advance board packet.
At the board meeting:
First, have the board determine if they agree with the problem
Amend the statement if necessary.
Then review the alternatives you have listed, and see if the board
has any additional ones to add.
Then review the strengths and weaknesses of each possible decision.
Decide if more factual information needs to be collected.
If not, decide as a board which alternative is best in the light
of the organization's mission, vision and core values.
Monitor the results of your decision so that you can shift directions
Other good sources for information
on nonprofits, boards and committees:
See our online
bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Members
Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building
Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
Training for managers of volunteers,
leading to a certificate, is being held April 26-29, 2005. Sponsored by
Washington State University, the Volunteer Management Certificate Program
will be held in Port Hadlock, Washington, in the shadow of the Olympic
Mountains. Topics include:
Management and Supervision
Diversifying the Volunteer Pool
The Internet as the Manager's Next
Interactive Case Models based on student process
is the focus of Learning Activities.
For more information, visit the website at: http://www.emmps.wsu.edu/volunteer.