nonprofit board committees

Establishing Effective Nonprofit Board Committees – What to Do.

Establishing Effective Nonprofit Board Committees – What to Do.

By Eugene Fram

Following are ways that many nonprofit boards have established effective board committees using my governance model as described in the third (2011) edition of Policy vs. Paper Clips.

• In the planning effort, focus board personnel and financial resources only on those topics that are germane to the organization at a particular time. For example, financial planning, long-range planning or
short-range planning. However the board needs to be open to generative planning if new opportunities present themselves or are developed via board leadership. (more…)

Are Three Standing Nonprofit Board Commmittes Enough?

Are Three Standing Nonprofit Board Committee Enough?

By: Eugene Fram

Nonprofit boards are often known for the proliferation of board standing committees. Current thinking is to reduce the number substantially.   Following is one model, with only three standing committees which has been used by thousands of nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. Ad hoc committees are used when needed for investigation of policy decisions and other major issues such as changes in pension plans.

  1. Executive Committee –  It consists of the CEO, corporate officers and an at-large member elected by the board.  The committee acts for the board between meetings, subject to later board ratification; sets the meeting agendas, reviews reports for board discussion; and appoints all standing committees and ad hoc committees.
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