| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
~ June 2007 ~ Topic
What Are Your Outcomes?
One of the most important responsibilities of nonprofit boards today is to ask for specific information about the outcomes of programs: What did we really accomplish? Should we continue doing it the same way? Is it the best use of money and staff time? Is this one of the most significant things we can do to carry out our mission?
The United States Congress (both House and Senate) have indicated they intend to continue examining nonprofits to make sure that they deserve their tax-exempt status.
Donors are more concerned than ever that their money is well used.
Nonprofits need to assure themselves, their donors, their clients and public officials that they aredoing a good job. Measuring outcomes--what happened because of your program--is essential. It's good management and it can help everyone in the organization focus on priorities; feel proud of accomplishments; and/or become aware of the changes that are needed.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today.
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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