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Transforming Community Committees and Boards

From Hell to Heaven

Don't be content to sit on a Board that is not working. Make a difference by working to transform your Board into an effective, energetic and productive team that sets the example for the entire organisation. In this guide you will learn how to improve your Board through targeting, recruiting, knowing your responsibilities and capacities and knowing when it's time to act. This is a vital and practical tool for any Board or committee member.

Topics covered in this book:

 

  • What is Governance?
    • The Constitution
    • Types of Boards
  • Building your Board
    • Matching the Board with the Present and Future Needs of the Organisation
    • Building a Diverse Board
    • Other Essential Qualities for Board Members
  • The Recruitment Process
    • Cultivating the Prospect List
    • Electronic Searching
    • Refining and Managing the Prospect List
    • Nomination
    • Appointment
    • Other Board Appointment Issues
      • Should the Executive Officer be on the Board?
      • How do you keep the Board fresh?
      • How do you remove unproductive Board members?
  • Board Orientation
    • Orientation Pack
    • Other Orientation Activities
  • What does a Not-for-profit Board or Committee of Management do?
    • Strategic Vision and Planning
    • Legal and Financial Accountability
      • The Budget
      • Auditing
      • Appointing and managing the Chief Executive Officer
      • Ethical policy and practice
      • Managing risk
      • Retreat and advance
      • Fundraising
      • Risk management issues
      • Advocacy
      • Advocacy to the community
      • Community relations
      • Media relations
      • Government relations
      • Advocacy for the community
      • Meetings
      • Preparation
      • Regulation
      • Procedures
  • Who does what on the Board?
    • The Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Office-bearer Orientation
  • Committees
    • Executive Committee
    • Governance Or Board Development Committee
    • The Budget and Finance Committee
    • Fundraising/Development Committee
    • The Personnel or Staffing Committee
    • Product / Program Development Committee
    • Marketing and Public Relations Committee
    • Ad Hoc Committees
  • Board/staff Relationships
    • Suitable Processes and Procedures
    • Clearly Defined Roles And Boundaries
    • The Board and The Chief Executive Officer
  • Evaluating Board Performance
  • Reviving a Board
    • Identify the Need
    • How to change a Board
  • Termination
  • In Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: The Board In The Constitution
  • Appendix 2: Forms And Models
    • Board Profile Worksheet
    • Board Nomination Form
    • Board Member Agreement
  • Appendix 3: Board Self Evaluation Tools
  • Appendix 4: Strategic Planning
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