Better boards

So many people working in charities complain about their board. This should not be happening! In this special showcase dedicated to good governance, Simone Joyaux ACFRE will be adding a new article each month that will show you how to make your board the best ever.

Why have a board?

by Simone Joyaux

You have to have a board. That’s what the law says. Any other reason? Well, having a board really does add value – more value than just raising or giving money.

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Involving your board members in fundraising, part one

by Simone Joyaux

Sometimes it’s a struggle to get the board to carry out its fundraising role. Often it’s even harder to get individual members to participate; even if they understand their roles, they don’t want to do ‘that fundraising stuff’.

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Firing lousy board members

Board members

by Simone Joyaux

Why do it? Who does it? And how can you avoid it?

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Introducing: Simone uncensored

by Simone Joyaux

SOFII’s guide to good governance that month by month will build to a must-have manual for your nonprofit board.

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My worldwide mission to destroy all executive committees

Candles

by Simone Joyaux

So, you’ve fired your lousy board members, as instructed by Simone Joyaux. But you can’t sit back and relax, now she says you must destroy your board’s executive committee. Click here to find out why it is so important.

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Committees … love them, or hate them

Effective committees are good, maybe even lovable.

by Simone Joyaux

Finally, Simone Joyaux admits that she likes committees – but only good ones. Here you’ll find out the board committees you need – and those that you definitely don’t.

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What does your governance committee do?

It should be able to recruit and retain the best board members.

by Simone Joyaux

The traditional nominating committee is out of step and old-fashioned, so says Simone Joyaux. She prefers a governance committee. Click here to find the purpose of your governance committee and how to be sure it is working best for your charity.

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Involving your board members in fund development, part two

You are the link between your potential donors and your cause.

by Simone Joyaux

Together you and your board members can ensure fundraising success for the organisation you all love. This new article from Simone Joyaux will show you how to get the best from each of your board members.

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How, precisely, do you build a better board? Part 2

by Ken Burnett

Welcome to the second and final part of this listing of what makes an effective non-profit board.

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How, precisely, do you build a better board? Part 1

by Ken Burnett

Good governance seems to top every nonprofit’s agenda these days. Perhaps it’s also aided by the realisation that bad boards are still many fundraisers’ biggest bugbear.

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Major contributors to this section

Simone Joyaux

Simone P Joyaux, ACFRE is described as ‘one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector’. A consultant specialising in fund development, strategic planning and board development, Simone guides countless organisations and professionals through her consulting and coaching, teaching and writing. She teaches in the graduate programme for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, in Minneapolis, USA. Her books include Keep Your Donors, Strategic Fund Development and Firing Lousy Board Members. As a volunteer, Simone founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organisation. Currently she chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the UK and the board of cirectors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Simone and her life partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity.

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