Board Source recently released a report entitled Leading with Intent. In this report, Board Source shows how Boards rate themselves in key areas. While organizations rate their respective Boards as very strong when it comes to mission and financial oversight, they really lag behind in critical areas of advocacy and fundraising. Why? Organizations need to look at their expectations for Board Members and ensure that these critical things are in place:
- Job expectations contain critical functions like governance, fiduciary responsibility as well as clear goals for fundraising and advocacy.
- Board members are recruited with a clear understanding of expectations.
- Regular Board training is in place to ensure Board members learn how they can deliver upon expectations.
- Board members are held accountable, thereby creating a “culture of leadership”
It is by following these four points that organizations can perpetuate good Boards whose output matches expectations.