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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.

~ September 2006 ~ Topic



Establishing Priorities: The Needs Assessment

Last month we talked about the board’s job in establishing priorities. Priorities are the most important objectives for your organization to focus on.

But priorities change as needs change; so an essential part of determining your priorities is a needs assessment.

Boards alone cannot do this. They need to talk to their constituency—the community and the people they serve.

There are many ways to do this: surveys, questionnaires, telephone calls; interviews, community meetings, conversations with local leaders, people you have or are serving, your staff….

You may find you are, in fact, doing what is most important or you may find that times have changed and that what you are doing is nice but not essential. But you won’t know unless you ask!


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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