In a dream, you are at a board meeting. Your board members are 100 percent supportive, challenge you in friendly ways, encourage you to lead, make decisions, and send cheers of thanks to the staff for their work. Finally, just before your alarm rings, they pass around an envelope and fill it with personal checks to establish a board challenge fund.
It’s lovely to dream of a supportive board. It is even better to have a plan and route to create one. Planning how you will effectively grow a supportive board is the difference between being on the road to your destination and just having another dream. A solid plan will clarify your outcomes and select the best alternatives to achieving your goal. Such planning involves research, analysis, thinking, and ongoing leadership.
A supportive board is more than a dream, so act. It’s an obtainable goal.
Here are a handful of reasons why board excellence planning is critical to your nonprofit. Good plans move organizations toward quality.
Nonprofits with supportive, engaged boards don’t just wake up with them one day, fait accompli. A board excellence plan helps you, staff, board members, and other supporters to recognize that achieving excellence is possible with intentional efforts. Be intentional about getting the board you want. Yes, dream the dream. Then, wake and create a plan to grow one. Start today. Start with writing down the goal you have for your board—next, list your steps to get there.
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