Providing Strategic Leadership

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.

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Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

A basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board is a good place to start in any recruitment and orientation activities

Board Committees

Much of the work of the board is accomplished by standing committees or ad hoc work groups. This document describes several types of committees.

Governance as Leadership - Summary of Board Behaviors

This resource briefly summarizes some of the key differences between Fiduciary, Strategic and Generative thinking in the boardroom.

Influence of the Lifecycle on the Role of the Board

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.

Ten Responsibilities of Board Members

Share this document in your board orientation to make sure that all of your board members know these responsibilities.

The Five Phases of Board Development

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.

Three Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Lee Bruder shared with us this document on the legal duties of the board.

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Nearly 20 foundations and corporations have invested in building the capacity of NH nonprofits through their support of this project.

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The Go Factor

In the triad of "ready, set, go" NonprofitNext is the "Go Factor." Tools that you find here allow you to quickly move into action by downloading a resource that you can use today - A checklist or resource to bring to your next board meeting.


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