Governance is the process of providing strategic leadership to a nonprofit organization. It entails the functions of setting direction, making policy and strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and ensuring overall accountability. Nonprofit governance is a political and organizational process involving multiple functions and engaging multiple stakeholders.
Providing Strategic Leadership
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A basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board is a good place to start in any recruitment and orientation activities
Much of the work of the board is accomplished by standing committees or ad hoc work groups. This document describes several types of committees.
In this document, Lee Bruder offers a different way of looking at board responsibilities.
Who's responsible for that? Outline the responsibilities of the Chief Executive and the Board.
This resource briefly summarizes some of the key differences between Fiduciary, Strategic and Generative thinking in the boardroom.
The lifecycle stage of an organization often determines where the board is focused. This chart depicts the typical focus of the board during the various lifecycle stages of a nonprofit.
Share this document in your board orientation to make sure that all of your board members know these responsibilities.
Boards of directors and boards of trustees are similar to other groups in that they go through various stages or phases of change. Certain aspects of each phase are critical to the successful development of the board and, therefore, the organization. Lee Bruder explores these phases and the key tasks of the board during each phase.
Lee Bruder shared with us this document on the legal duties of the board.