Board Consulting

BoardStrong’s mission is to strengthen the governing and management abilities of nonprofit Boards of Directors. To assist nonprofits in improving their board operations, we consult with boards of all kinds—from cultural nonprofits to educational organizations, and many more.

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BoardStrong’s mission is to strengthen the governing and management of nonprofit organizations. We offer personalized board member placement and recruitment, and can help improve current board member involvement. We also work with organizations that need assistance with specific projects – like fundraising plans, strategic planning and leadership transition. We are a leader in bringing together boards needing new members – and individuals who wish to serve – across boundaries of skill, ethnicity, age and geography. Fill out the form below to learn how BoardStrong can help your organization.

In addition to our board recruitment practice we offer a wide range of services, including:

Training

BoardStrong offers interactive digital and in-person training to assist your Board of Directors in better understanding their legal and fiduciary responsibilities. These topics range from a broad session on the Duties and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors to more in-depth trainings on topics such as:

  • Board development and recruitment: how to assess, orient, train, and build the Board you need to succeed
  • Legal responsibilities: Bylaws, Personnel Policies
  • Fiscal oversight: build your financial literacy, understand your responsibilities
  • Running effective Board and committee meetings
  • Build a strong Board infrastructure: officers, committees, and committee chairs
  • Strategic planning: setting the course for a successful future

Most training sessions are designed for three-hour sessions but can be modified to accommodate your needs, budget, and timeframe.

Governance Assessment

We recommend you regularly perform an assessment of your Board and Governance functions. This can include a Board survey/self-assessment, a review of corporate documents, interviews with Board Members, and observations of Board meetings. The assessment may review and address such topics as:

  • Awareness of legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Bylaws and corporate documents
  • Committee structure and performance
  • Meeting minutes and agendas to assess compliance and strategic focus
  • Succession planning and leadership development
  • Fiscal policies

Facilitation and Action Planning

BoardStrong can work with your Board of Directors to understand its current governance strengths, weaknesses and knowledge gaps and help you build the Board you need. Through workshops and Governance assessments, we can determine how best to proceed. Facilitations can focus broadly on organizational strategic planning or more specific topics such as your committee structure and functioning. Outcomes of such facilitations can include:

  • The development of short, mid, and/or long term action plans for the Board and/or its committees
  • Strengthening the working relationships between Board Members and/or Board and Staff
  • Resolving conflicts and addressing the “elephant in the room”
  • Clarifying Board and Executive Director roles and responsibilities

Fund Development

Fund development is about more than just proposal writing and galas. Organizations should constantly seek new opportunities, while planning and implementing long term strategies to mobilize resources. BoardStrong works with nonprofits along all stages of fundraising – from those who have never engaged in fundraising, to those who have been doing so with weak results, to experienced fundraising organizations who need help tapping new sources of funds. Our consultations take many forms, including:

  • One-time training sessions focused on particular fundraising challenges
  • Longer term work that results in a fund development plan
  • Training and coaching board members to be active in fund development, to identify potential new donors and successfully solicit gifts
  • Help in understanding fundraising rules and regulations

Development of Tools and Resources

BoardStrong has extensive tools and templates to help the Board develop strong governance practices. In addition to providing our members with these templates, we can help you customize these tools so they address the unique needs of your organization. Some examples include:

  • Board Member job description and expectations
  • Board Member application form and interview questions
  • Committee descriptions and responsibilities
  • Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest forms
  • Assembling a Board Orientation Manual

Supporting Your Executive Leadership

BoardStrong can assist your organization in selecting, appropriately compensating, and evaluating your Executive Director. Our services include:

  • Contract development
  • Executive Compensation profiles, including those that address excess compensation concerns
  • Developing and executing an Executive Director or CEO evaluation
  • Other personnel decisions and issues
  • Succession planning

 

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