In times of turmoil, your not-for-profit board of directors should be your organization’s rock-solid foundation. But what if your board is understaffed or simply doesn’t provide the leadership your not-for-profit requires?

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Think about rebuilding it — and the sooner the better. Financial, public health and other challenges are likely to remain a reality for the foreseeable future.

Assess What You Have
Start the rebuilding effort by assessing your current board. Ask the following questions:


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State law typically specifies the minimum number of directors a not-for-profit must have on its board.

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But so long as organizations fulfill that requirement, it’s up to them to determine how many total board members they need. Several guidelines can help you arrive at the right number.


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To properly fulfill their fiduciary duties, your not-for-profit’s board needs certain information from its board members, and it’s up to the executive director and managers to ensure they have it. This doesn’t mean you have to share every internal email, memo or phone message. Board members are busy and you don’t want to bog them down with superfluous reading material.

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However, there are several types of information you must share so that they can make informed decisions.


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Most not-for-profit board members are unpaid volunteers. They’ve agreed to serve, because they care about your mission and the impact your organization is making. You owe it to them to make the job as easy as possible — starting with well-organized board meetings that are only as long as necessary.

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Your not-for-profit’s board of directors meetings don’t always need to be performed up-close and personal in the same room. Many organizations hold virtual board meetings via phone and with Web-based applications.

Participation May Improve
It can be difficult to secure full board meeting attendance, but going virtual might allow members to attend meetings they otherwise

Information is power. And regularly supplying information to your not-for-profit’s board of directors is the key to the board properly fulfilling its duties. This doesn’t mean you have to share every internal email or phone message. Board members should, however, receive and understand information that will help them work together and better serve your organization.