Preparing Your Board For Great Work
Teaching Your Board Time, Talent, & Treasure
For you community leaders who are just starting out with your new, not for profit organization, I am certain you are excited to get out there and help people in need. You are especially excited and ready to work if your IRS Letter of Determination recently arrived making you fully qualified as a registered not for profit organization. There is one factor though which can kill the enthusiasm of the most qualified not for profit professional – a terrible board of directors. Instead of starting off your new organization behind the proverbial 8-ball, work beforehand to make certain any board member you select, for service following the interview process, has a clear vision of their job. Putting your group of 10-20 possible board members through a two-hour educational session on the concepts of Time, Talent, and Treasure, along with a session on Team Building (which will be discussed in a subsequent posting) can make a real difference in how effective your board can be in assisting you. It will also assist your staff, in implementing the real change necessary to solve a pressing community issue for which your organization was created.
Rod Haywood, J.D. is President of Rod Haywood Enterprises, Inc. (http://www.thenotforprofitguru.com). A business service provider of educational experiences for not for profit professionals who desire to build successful 501c3 organizations through the utilization of solid business practices and self-reliance fundraising practices.