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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.

~ January 2005 ~ Topics


New Year’s Resolutions for Board Members

It's time to make New Year's resolutions. Here are some resolutions for your board to consider:

  • Resolve to think more strategically; to be more visionary.
  • Resolve to develop a conflict of interest policy statement.
  • Resolve to review and update that strategic plan we haven't looked at recently.
  • Resolve to form an audit committee.
  • Resolve to look at the executive director's job description to make sure it's still accurate as a basis for his/her annual evaluation.
  • Resolve to begin to look for potential board members now rather than two weeks before the annual meeting.
  • Resolve to make sure everything we do is in accordance with legal requirements.
  • Resolve to make sure everything we do is in accordance with our stated mission.
  • Resolve to become more informed about our programs and their outcomes.
  • Resolve that each board member will make an annual financial contribution to the organization.

If you already do or have done all these things: resolve to congratulate yourselves.

And to all: A happy and effective New Year!

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

Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.

See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Member’s Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
Board Member's Guide Image Leading Volunteers Book Image Passionate Volunteerism Book link to bookstore

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.

Plan an EDU-VACATION - April 26-29, 2005

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:

Recruitment Evaluation
Training Management and Supervision
Recognition Risk Management
Diversifying the Volunteer Pool The Internet as the Manager's Next Best Friend

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.

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