Leadership: Board

The board member selection process is often headed by the Nominating Committee or Board Development Committee, also called the Governance Committee. The board chairperson and Executive Director should also be closely involved. As a first step in the selection process, a board should evaluate the skills, expertise, and demographic backgrounds of current board members to […]

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Having a sufficient number of board members to fulfill the board’s responsibilities, foster a viable organization, get through the federal approval process, and attract funding from foundations is important. Nationally, the average board has 17 members. Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence® code recommends that boards have at least 5 independent members and states that 7 […]

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Nonprofits depend upon effective leadership to successfully enact their missions and programs. Effective leadership consists of a partnership between the board and management, each of which plays an essential role. Understanding and negotiating these shared and complex elements of leadership is essential to the organization’s success. A nonprofit’s employees and volunteers are fundamental to its […]

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Organizations rarely have playbooks for how employees execute their jobs. The recipe for success is mixed: one part job description, one part best practices, one part professional development, and one part personality. In an ideal world, every nonprofit position would have an overlap between predecessor and successor. Yet, that rarely happens.  The Standards for Excellence®: […]

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  Guest Blog by Rob Levit, Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant.                               Are you looking to revamp your board meetings? Do you need help bringing life and purpose to your board? Begin by ensuring that each member of your board has […]

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  Guest post by David Kubacki, Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant. This post was originally published on the Standards for Excellence Institute® blog.   The following Nonprofit CEO blog post was written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant David Kubacki and is part of the “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence” blog series, celebrating ten years of the Standards for […]

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