| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
They are volunteers, too!
~ July 2005 ~ Topics
Is There a Right Board Model for My Organization?
The Policy Governance Board
month we discussed what I call the "traditional board" which
views the board and executive director as partners. The hardest task
of the board in this model is maintaining a balance between rubber
stamping the executive director's recommendations or, at the other
end of the spectrum, trying to micromanage the staff. The latter is
the executive director's job.
For success with this model, the organization must have adequate staff to meet its mission and priorities. This model gives the executive director authority to fulfill those ends as circumscribed by limits that the board articulates. The board speaks to the ED with one voice. There usually are no board standing committees with the exception of an audit committee and an occasional ad-hoc task force.
Policy governance boards, like all boards, must focus on ends (their mission and strategic goals) and honor the legal requirements for boards, such as providing a system of monitoring and evaluation of operations. They must be active, attend meetings, demand program outcome evaluation, avoid conflicts of interest, help with succession planning and be involved in advocacy and resource development.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
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.
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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