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Articles for Nonprofits
by Frank Martinelli


The Board Role In Strategic Thinking And Planning:  In this article we will focus on a critical board building challenge: How can the board of directors organize itself in order to function as an effective, future-focused leadership team? Put another way, How can the board be involved in meaningful ways in strategic planning and ongoing strategic thinking?

Developing a Board Recruitment Plan: How does the board recruit board directors that are committed to the organization and possess skills, knowledge and other attributes needed in order for the board to effectively carry out its responsibilities? Board recruitment offers an exciting opportunity to build a nonprofit leadership team around shared values and priorities. 

Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership: The rapid pace of change requires that nonprofit boards look and act differently.  Many boards have already made the transition.  They possess a number of qualities and characteristics that together make up a new profile of board effectiveness.  

Building an Effective Board of Directors: Every nonprofit organization must have a Board of Directors.  But, beyond this legal requirement, a well-informed and well-trained board is absolutely essential. An effective board of directors has a clear understanding of its roles and responsibilities.  Board members, in effect, own the organization.

Orientation and Training of Board Members: How do board members acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be effective leaders and decision-makers?

Visionary Board Leadership Assessment: One of the most reliable ways the board can strengthen its performance as a governing body is to periodically assess its own performance. The Visionary Board Leadership Assessment focuses on competencies and characteristics which, when taken together, delineate the profile of an effective future focused board. The results of the assessment can be used to develop action plans to strengthen the visionary leadership capacity of your board.

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