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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.

~ August 2005 ~ Topics

Comparison of Board Models

During the past three months, we have looked at the three most common board models. The following, I hope, is a chart that can help you determine the model that is most appropriate for your organization:

Responsibility Working Board Traditional Board Policy Governance Board
Mission Vision Strategic Plan Board (and staff) design and implement. Planning committee drafts for board approval; staff and committees implement. Sets ends (goals); delegates to ED and staff with stated limitations.
Financial monitoring Board implements with available staff assistance. Finance/Audit committee monitors finances regularly. Sets limits to ED actions; has audit committee.
Evaluating ED Yes, if there is one. ED reports to President;
board or executive committee evaluates.
ED reports to President who evaluates outcomes with board.
General operations Board members and volunteers do work and report to board. Committee structure supported by staff; reports to board. Committees minimized; board evaluates ends achieved.
Advocacy and Fundraising Board (and staff) represent agency. Has a marketing and fundraising committee and works on visibility, partnerships and collaborations. Defines the results they want from advocacy and fundraising. (Expect they are involved in both.)

Other good sources for information on nonprofits, boards and committees:

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Jeanne H. Bradner

Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.

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