Select an FAQ (25):
|Advice on Advocacy from the American Association of Museums (new version available)|
Key steps in gaining attention from political leaders.
|Are board officers the same as corporate officers |
Not necessarily. And in fact is some cases it is important to keep the distinction clear.
|Board Basics (new version available)|
Some first principles about the board of directors and pointers to other information on the subject.
|Can attorneys serve on boards? |
Of course they can. But there are things to think about that don't apply to board members in other professions.
|Help with Parliamentary Procedure |
Pointers to some useful tips and resource.
|How can we all just get along? |
Techniques to ensure strong, working relationships
|How do I supervise employees? |
Supervisors oversee the development and productivity of their employees, whether the supervisor is an executive or a first-line supervisor
|How do we add a new board member? (new version available)|
Here are suggestions and links to forms to recruit and orient new board members.
|How do we build skills in leadership, management and supervision? |
Basic framework and all materials for leadership, management and supervisory development
|How do we evaluate the Executive Director? |
Suggestions from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and an author.
|How do we have effective meetings (staff or board)? |
Guidelines for planning, conducting and evaluating meetings. Includes ice breakers and various types of groups and facilitation. Advice on how to have successful board meetings.
|Personal/employee development, wellness and productivity |
Developing yourself and your personnel, ensuring health and wellness, and making the most of your time
|Should an executive director be a member of the board? |
Consider the drawbacks as well as the advantages.
|Should Staff Attend Board Meetings? |
Strong statements of competing views.
|Theories of Management, Leadership and Organizations |
Free Management Library offers information about basics of management, leadership and organizations
|What are some ways to strengthen the leadership role of the board? |
Boards must both govern and support. Advice and suggestions on how to balance these responsibilities from the Support Center of San Francisco.
|What is a manager? leader? supervisor? executive? |
Defnitions of key terms in management from the Free Management Library at http://www.mapnp.org/library/mgmnt/defntion
|What is leadership? How do I develop my leadership skills? |
Resources to help you explore leadership and what it means to you
|What is project management? How is it carried out? |
Project management is a method of planning used to effectively and efficiently reach a major goal, such as developing a program or building a facility.
|What is the role of the executive director? (new version available)|
The executive director is the person appointed by the Board of Directors to provide leadership toward the achievement of the organization's mission and strategic goals.
|What supervision styles work best for volunteers? |
Define tasks, clarify expectations, and give people permission to proceed
|What ways do I guide employees? (new version available)|
Various methods to guide people, e.g., coaching, counseling, delegating, mentoring, etc.
|What's the purpose of board committees? |
Board committees provide organized, focused means for members to achieve goals and address issues.
|Where will I find leaders for my nonprofit? |
An essay titled "The Leadership Deficit" from Bridgespan.org discusses how the need for 640,000 new leaders over the next decade will shape the future of the nonprofit sector.
|Yale case studies in volunteer governance? (new version available)|
Short reports on board leadership available in a book and by mail.