About this course
Nonprofit Startup Accelerator
Starting with the documents provided to you in your InstantNonprofit 501(c)3 Package and the crucial information you need to run your Board of Directors meetings, we offer this learning platform to help you get your nonprofit up and running, so you can stay focused on your mission!
Navigating the Resource Library
Along with getting your 501(c)3 incorporated and obtaining IRS Tax-Exempt Status, one of the biggest values you receive with InstantNonprofit is your customized Corporate Governance Documents Package. Here we'll review what it includes and how to leverage these documents to manage your nonprofit.
This video will review the Corporate Governance Documents provided in your Shared Google Folder.
Even if you’ve never started a non-profit organization before, you’ve likely heard of the board of directors, or as it is sometimes called, the board of trustees.
No doubt, you've heard the term “board” (short for Board of Directors) referred to with regard to both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. But unlike for-profit entities, nonprofits don’t have shareholders that own a piece of the action!
That's why there's no figuring out how to start a nonprofit without learning the fundamentals of recruiting and running a board.
How to Run your Board Meeting in 30 Minutes or Less
Running a board meeting involves asking humans (usually your friends, family or colleagues) to do something they would not normally do; therefore it creates stress in the minds and hearts of nonprofit founders who don’t have lots of experience managing people and organizations.
Asking people to meet for drinks on Friday, or a walk in the park? Much easier!
The good news is, we can make this easy as well, and maybe even fun!
It is our mission in publishing this material for you to not only help you “get through” the learning curve, but to absolutely feel great about it - such as walking out of a well-run board meeting, with your Directors patting you on the pack and praising you for being such a “pro” - even if you feel like you have NO IDEA what you are doing going into the meeting!
We’re going to cover this topic in two segments:
The following five Board of Directors Meeting Best Practices are crucial to coming off like a “pro” - which will affect the confidence of your directors, your fundraising, etc.:
Mindset of the Board Chairman - the Secret Weapon for awesome meetings!
We cannot overemphasize the importance of the chair's role in running board meetings, and in managing the board overall.
On the presentation slide for this training, you’ll notice a “No Squirrels Allowed” icon - keep it focused, because the meeting dynamic is set by the chairperson of the meeting.
The demeanor and authority of the chair is paramount to keeping control of the meeting.
Poorly chaired board meetings are the number one annoyance with the board of directors typically, and are among the top reasons people resign from serving on a Board.
The most competent people will be the first to resign, as meetings wind up being too long, too unfocused, and ultimately too stressful.
So to keep the meeting running smoothly, the chair must have a kind but firm, authoritative tone - guiding and interjecting during the meeting to keep discussions relevant.
Often, members of your Board of Directors will, see it as their job as to ask a lot of questions and explore myriad topics; the board meeting is not the place to do that.
In reality, creating a framework for keeping meetings under control and tamping down distractions paves the way for strategic progress toward your organization's mission.
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