Board Development

The Challenge:

The Board of Directors for a nonprofit can provide an invaluable array of support to the agency. Boards can also experience difficulties. Even the most functional Board needs to look at itself periodically to see whether its structure is working, its meeting times are productive, and its members feel that their contributions are valuable to the organization.

Board development work can be tailored to the individual board’s needs. Some of the possible processes include:

• A satisfaction survey for individual board members
• Feedback and discussion with the full board
• Examination and revision of the board’s committee system
• Development of board handbook and new member orientation
• Examination of the role of the board and its relationship with its Executive Director
• Examination of the board’s role in developing and implementing a strategic plan
• Team building and conflict resolution
• Assistance during an Executive Search

“Betsy worked with our board through some difficult decisions about the agency’s strategic plan. She facilitated a solid resolution to some challenging issues.”

Tim Sneed: Vice President MassMutual Life Insurance Co.and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Community Center:

“Betsy provided enormous support to our board by strengthening the committee system, developing an orientation manual and orientation presentation; sponsoring board development sessions, and working with the Nomination Committee to diversify the board membership.”

Jeff Sagalyn; Chair of CHD’s Board of Directors and Attorney at Law:

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