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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.

~ July 2006 ~ Topic



Establishing Priorities

We all know it's essential for the board to fulfill its legal obligations. But it's also essential to go beyond that. Otherwise creativity and innovation can fall by the wayside.

It is up to the board to determine the priorities of the organization. "First things first; second things not at all" as Peter Drucker once said.

It is board members who approve the program and are responsible for making sure it is implemented and evaluated. This means fund raising, committee membership, networking, advocacy and appropriate other "work" (not just oversight), depending on the size of the organization's paid staff.

This is the part of the job that is most exciting, and it is it that that will sustain the board member's enthusiasm and creativity.

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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