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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.

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Vacation's Over: It's A Good Time For the Mission Test

It's fall, and your mail reminds you it's time for those monthly board meetings. You probably groan ever so slightly about all the materials you need to read to get up to date. But when you get to the board meeting, after you admire each other's suntans; hear about everyone's trips to great places; and praise the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren, take time at the beginning of the actual board meeting to review the organization's Mission Statement.

Here's a test every board member can take:

Yes No Questions
___ ___ Is the mission statement concise, with minimal flowery language?
___ ___ Does it state what you actually do?
___ ___ Would someone not on the board understand what you do from reading the mission statement?
___ ___ Do you personally believe in the mission of the organization as stated?
___ ___ Do you consider the mission statement when you make a significant decision on behalf of the organization?
___ ___ Does the board regularly refer to the mission statement as a touchstone for making decisions?

If your answer to all these questions is "yes," you probably are part of an effective organization.

If you answer is "no" to any of these, think about it!

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.
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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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