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Better Governance Kit 2020

Bob Harris, CAE

Boards have been known to chase squirrels, hold rump sessions and disregard the strategic plan, rules of order and governing documents. Every board intends to produce results — but distractions and dysfunctions arise.
The average size board is 15 persons. Size matters in order to facilitate meaningful conversations. Most meet quarterly.
Directors serve as trustees to make governance decisions. They act as fiduciaries for the membership and community.
They must honor the IRS designation of exempt from federal income tax and the state not-for-profit corporate laws.
Board orientation, or “refresh and blend,” should be conducted annually and noted in the minutes to protect the board and organization. These articles will supplement the board orientation and leadership manual.

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