As we continue our discussion about the development and training for an exceptional nonprofit board, Part 2 of this series of articles is focused on specific steps you can follow for educating and engaging your board. These tips will help you rethink outdated patterns, helping to maximize the mission of your organization.
Build-In Opportunities for Board Education
If you aren’t proactive in creating opportunities, it is likely that board education will fall to the bottom of the priority list. Our society is complex and rapidly changing, which means it is essential you are diligent about board education and continued learning. This training will help your board members make good decisions because they will be well-versed on the intricacies of the nonprofit organization.
Continuous education will make your board stand out in our field. As a result, you can gain the momentum needed to build long-term success for your organization. You can provide ongoing education to your board in several ways:
- Plan educational activities during regularly scheduled board meetings
- Invite an outside consultant to brief the board on a specific topic
- Visit projects in action to help board members see the work of the organization come alive
- Plan retreats to discuss current issues
- Invite members to attend outside seminars and workshops
It is important that the board designates a budget for board development, so funds are available for the above activities.
Strengthening the Performance of the Board
Building and developing the board is an ongoing process that starts from within. Not only does leadership need to be proactive about providing training opportunities, but board members should be engaged in suggesting topics to improve their performance.
During each training, it is necessary to brief the board on the topic of choice. Then, open the room for discussion to talk to board members about the application and potential implications.
While face-to-face meetings are necessary at times, don’t underestimate the communication you can have using technology. Available platforms include:
- Distance learning programs
- Video conference calling
- Text messaging or live chat
- Website with current updates
While technology shouldn’t replace in-person meetings, it can be a valuable way to keep board members up-to-date between meetings.
If you need support with the development of your board, Mirenda & Associates is here to assist you. Call for more information and tools which will illustrate how we can help you and your board with nonprofit training.