Creating more diverse and inclusive boards is one of the most important challenges facing nonprofits today. A growing body of knowledge suggests that we should begin by identifying what the ideal profile of our board would look like with respect to sectors represented, skill sets, and demographics (age, race, residence, gender, ethnicity, etc.). Only then […]
Terms – usually two to four years in length – are helpful. They allow an organization and its directors to plan for the long term. And terms provide an opportunity for each to evaluate directors’ service on a planned periodic basis. Opinions vary on the value of term limits, but they do tend to incent […]
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 […]
There are some problems with mandatory minimums. They don’t recognize that individuals have widely varying capacities. And minimums often turn into maximums – almost like dues – that discourage those who can do more to do so.
Yes, all board members should make an annual unrestricted cash contribution. And we believe that every board member should play some active role in generating philanthropic support. That can be by identifying prospects, participating in or hosting cultivation events and activities, accompanying staff on solicitations, chairing fundraising events, and/or actually “making the ask.”
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.