What Information Should Your Board Members Have

Adrianne DuMond

Most non-profit Boards function by consensus. Webster says that consensus is the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned. This is a healthy, practical way to operate. But being successful with a consensus mode requires two (2) conditions: that the Board is properly informed, and that there are ways to handle disagreements about decisions.

This article will address what information Board members should have. I will tackle the disagreement issues in the next article I write.

There are basically three kinds of information the Board should have:

1)       Compliance, financial and legal oversight

2)       Strategic information, and

3)       Information that supports cohesiveness on the Board.

I recommend reading Jan Masaoka’ articles in blueavocado.org about these topics for a complete coverage of the details. However, here is a brief outline of what her articles recommend.

Compliance, financial and legal oversight

* Federal Form 990, what it says about the organization, annually reviewed by the President, and then submitted to the Board.

* Audit, if the Board has one, available to the whole Board.

• Monthly or quarterly financial statements.

• Salaries, benefits, and perks for the top staff, And players can switch casinomatrix.net fast online. a salary rate chart for the range of salaries for each category of employee.

• Directors and Officers liability insurance, proof of purchase.

 Strategic Information

 • Occasional articles about the industry, how the industry is changing, and new approaches to the field.

• Articles about the funding and political environment.

• Annual updates on number of clients, utilization of resources, client satisfaction.

Supporting Board Cohesiveness

 • Public acknowledgement and praise for Board member recognition elsewhere (work, volunteering, promotion, etc.)

 • Brief bios available and published on Board members – especially when a new member joins.

 • Praise and recognition for exceptional completion of a project – fundraiser, committee assignment, etc.

I welcome any questions or input to my article. Having served on Boards, I don’t remember all of this information being available, so I welcome your comments.

Author: Adrianne DuMond, Executive Coaches of Orange County, www.ECofOC.org