Following Hargrove International’s work in developing Greenwood Gardens’ most recent strategic plan, Hargrove was engaged to help that organization strengthen its governance and provide for ongoing leadership development and succession planning. That work – now in its fourth year – has resulted in a clearly articulated Trustee Job Description, a stronger and more unified Board […]
A simple answer would be “as large as it needs to be.” And while that response recognizes that there is no absolute answer to the question, boards have been getting smaller. One landmark study by BoardSource of more than 1,700 nonprofits indicates the average size of governing boards has decreased on average from 19 to […]
The board plays a significant role in generating contributions – both through their own gifts and in cultivating and soliciting others. How can we raise the funds we need without a large board?
First of all, congratulations in having such an engaged board with respect to philanthropy! Many organizations bolster their board’s fundraising by creating advisory or honorary boards. Emeritus boards can also help you maintain relationships with former trustees. And many organizations’ bylaws allow non-board members to serve on standing committees, including the development committee.