How To Build Better Board Engagement

Lori Halley 11 November 2014 0 comments

Are you looking to kick-start or re-energize your organization’s board? Our latest guide, Building a Better Board can help.

The members of your board of directors are your standard bearers, foundation builders, and strategic planners. They are the public face of your organization and act as chief cheerleaders and fundraisers. The board is also responsible for steering your organization towards meeting its mission and ensuring its financial stability. At many small, volunteer-led organizations, the board may also be responsible for day-to-day operations as well.

Engaging your board members so they help with “the heavy lifting”

Given the important role the board plays, especially in small associations, clubs and non-profits, it’s not surprising that challenges with board recruitment, management and engagement topped the list of Top 10 Topics identified by our Small Membership Survey participants. One of the key questions asked by survey respondents was:

“How do you get board members to step it up so others do not have to always do heavy lifting?”

We’ve also heard this from members of our Small Membership Advisory Community. They’ve asked us:

“With a few board members doing all of the work, how can you engage the entire board?”

The reality is that your board is likely filled with volunteers from different backgrounds. They may have different ideas of what it means to be a board member; what they need to contribute; and what they can expect to gain by participating.

So making sure the board knows what is expected of them and helping them gain the skills required, and evaluating progress, can be critical in getting individual members and your entire board working more efficiently.

New guide offers tips for developing a more effective, engaged board

To help, we’ve created a guide that offers a compendium of resources, ideas, tips and practical steps that can be implemented to jump-start your board.

This guide offers insight and ideas on:

  • The importance of setting board expectations
  • Ways to improve board effectiveness through:
    • Thinking like a manager 
    • Board orientation manuals
    • Open and clear communication
  • Tips for planning and conducting effective meetings
  • The undervalued importance of committees and board evaluations
  • Practical resources and sample forms

If you are the staff person coordinating the board of directors at an association or non-profit, or you’re a Board Chair, this guide can help you to invigorate your board so that together your board team is working together to meet your mission.

Check out our guide: Building a Better Board.


What’s your biggest challenge with your board?  Let us know in the comment below.

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at 8:30 AM

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