by Ernie Vargo
A good portion of my work with non-profits, especially education clients are working with the board of trustees to ensure they are doing all they can to support the mission and vision of the organization. There is a tendency by staff and even us consultants, to blame the board for issues the organization is facing. I am certainly guilty of this myself. And there are times when the board has not served their role adequately, but this isn’t always the case.
The other day I was sitting in a board meeting and listening to a similar discussion. It dealt with fundraising and the role of the board. Bottom line: the board was not pulling their weight in fundraising according to the report. It got me thinking about why this board was perceived as failing and my experiences with other boards. The following are some things to consider when evaluating the work of your board:
Granted, there are many times board is not acting properly or supporting the organization as it should. However, all organizations need to take a hard look at the staff.
Is your board meeting your expectations and are you meeting theirs? Let us know your thoughts in the JGA comments sections below.