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Resources for Non-Profit Boards

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Improving Effectiveness

A More Effective Board of Directors

Better Practices of Effective Non-Profit Boards

Building an Effective Board - The Human Element

Nine Keys for Reinvigorating Board Leadership

Non-profit Revitalization Act of 2013

Six Steps to an Effective Non-profit Board

Some Ways Modern Non-profit Boards Are Changing

The New Work of the Board

Improving Board Effectiveness - Short version

The Long View - Part I

The Long View - Part II


Agendas/Meeting Improvement

Chairperson's Checklist for Great Meetings

Meeting Tools and Strategies

Sample Board Agenda

Ten Quick Ways to Improve Board Meetings

Using a Consent Agenda

Board Meeting Agenda Template

Key Considerations in Scheduling Agency and Board Activities



Fifteen Fatal Fundraising Faux Pas

How to Ask for Money - Ten Rules to Live By

Sophisticated Fundraising

Thinking Strategically About Events


Basic Accounting Terms for Non-profit Board Members

Employee Bonuses



Board Meeting Evaluation

Fundraising Evaluation

A Fiduciary's Checklist

Board Monitoring of the Agency Fiscal Position

Ten Key Assumptions about Chief Executive Evaluation

Board Meeting Feedback Form

Board Member Feedback About the Agency Chief Executive

Chief Executive Performance Review Process

Board Self-assessment tool

Employee Satisfaction Surveys

Culture and Performance Review

Individual Board Member Self-evaluation

Improving Board Effectiveness - Board Self-assessment Survey - Long version


Leadership & Governance

19 Suggestions for Board Chairs and Chief Executives

Goals for Board Excellence

The Chief Executive's Role in Developing a Non-profit Board

The Partnership of the Board Chair and the Chief Executive

12 Principles of Governance

Boards That Make a Difference by John Carver

Great Boards by Richard Chait

How to Select a Leader

Nominating and Board Development Committee Job Descriptions

NYS Attorney General - Responsibilities of Directors and Officers of Not-for-Profit Boards

Principles of Governances for Exceptional Boards

Sample Board and Chief Executive Partnership

Staff and Board Roles and Boundaries

What Are the Board's Jobs

Why Boards Don't Govern

The Three Hats of a Board Member


Conflict/Problem Resolution

Guidelines for Avoiding Role Problems

Difficult Board & Staff Situations

Problem Boards or Board Problems

Resolving Board Problems


Sample Board Documents

Working Agreements for a Non-profit Board

A Board Member Contract

Sample Board of Directors Work Plan

Sample Board of Directors Chair's Annual Work Plan

Sample Table of Contents for Board Manual

Sample Finance Committee Annual Work Plan

Sample of an Agency Work Plan

Sample Work Plan Items for an HR Committee

Conflict of Interest Policy

Policies for a Board of Directors


Recruiting & Retaining tools

Board Profile Worksheet

Guidelines for the Nominating Process

Keeping Board Members Involved

Keeping Board Members Involved - Participatory Groups - Conventional Groups

New Member Orientation

Mentor Job Description

Sustaining Board Commitment through the Life-cycles of an Agency

The Board Building Cycle

The Diversity Continuum

The 3 Ds, 3 Gs, 3 Ts & 3 Ws of Boards

Types of People Needed for the Board

Annual Nominating and Board Development Committee Calendar

Board Demographics & Expertise Tracking for Nominating Committees

Excel format

Tracking Member Demographics