March 2, 2021
9 Ways A Nonprofit Can Improve Collaboration with the Board
by Forbes Nonprofit Council

Nonprofit leaders can sometimes have a difficult time working alongside their board. Part of this may come from a disconnect that the board has with the enterprise's daily running. Many board members aren't aware of what goes into running a nonprofit. However, it may also be due to a breakdown of communication between the board and the leader.

Dealing with either of these will require interfacing with the board and having them see your point of view as the organization's leader. To help, nine members of Forbes Nonprofit Council offer sage advice on how nonprofit leaders can better work alongside their board for mutual benefit.

1. Understand their motivations. Board members are a gift to your organization. Spend quality time with each board member to understand their motivations and how they like to be engaged. Don't make assumptions that they want to be on the finance committee because they are a finance professional. Make sure that they get the most of their experience and you will have a supporter for life. — Cortney Nicolato, United Way of Rhode Island

2. Tap into their passion and expertise. Find the one thing each of them has expertise or passion in and ask for their insight or opinion on something. They each have something to offer beyond fundraising and if you can get them engaged in a meaningful way, their commitment doubles. When you do a new ad, run it by the marketing folks on your board, ask them to help plan a new program or provide insight on new technology. Use them! — Kim Jefferies, Brighton Center

3. Consider their feedback. Always take into consideration all of the feedback you receive from your board members. Aside from that, make meetings more enjoyable — perhaps by providing things like coffee, tea and snacks. My last piece of advice would be to always keep the meetings short and concise. Our time is valuable, so presenting the necessary details in a shorter amount of time is what people really appreciate. — Gloria Horsley, Open to Hope

4. Keep them engaged. Make sure you keep them engaged! Have concise meetings. My monthly board-only newsletters, where I list projects they can volunteer for, are effective. I also share what is going on in another member's life or career (i.e., birthday greetings, awards, promotions, etc.). Members also have access to a shared Google Drive with handy information, including board/committee schedules, minutes, etc. It works! — Simone Joye, Howard University Medical Alumni Association (HUMAA)

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