How to Connect Board Member Expectations to Organizational Goals

chain-690088_1920-1-502650-edited.jpg“If members understand what’s expected of them, as well as the board’s purpose, goals and functions, individuals can better visualize a roadmap for success.”Board Management Tips and Tricks guide

Without clearly explained expectations, roles and responsibilities, boards may suffer declining member engagement, which in turn can lead to setbacks for your nonprofit, such as missed deadlines or decreased fundraising.

Let’s find out how your organization can increase transparency, and better connect the dots between goals and expectations to set your board members, and your nonprofit, up for success.

Centralize Information and Boost Transparency

Your nonprofit should get in the practice of enabling transparency across your board. By doing so, board members will experience improved communication and connectedness to the organization’s mission, vision and goals.

Keep board members in the loop at all times by providing them 24/7 secured-access to board materials, resources and information in a centralized location. Store documents and data, such as:

  • 990s
  • Agendas
  • Board books
  • Bylaws
  • Fundraising and event information
  • Meeting agendas

By storing your information in a centralized location, such as a board portal, board members also have access to resources on-the-go so they are always up-to-speed. With the ability to access information at their own convenience, this will ensure board members never miss out on critical meeting information, specific duties or fundraising responsibilities.

Align Organizational Strategy with Member Activities

Bring your strategic plan to life to better connect your board with your organization’s goals. For example, consider assigning individual strategies to a board committee or member to create ownership and accountability. This will help keep your board and organization on-task, so no projects, deadlines or deliverables are left unattended.

Designating specific tasks that align with organizational goals can also provide each individual with a sense of purpose, and in turn boost engagement, participation and motivation.

Track and Monitor Goals

Once you have given your board enhanced transparency, communication and strategic tasks, consider tracking and monitoring goals.

Track measurable organizational goals against tasks, deadlines and performance metrics to ensure all goals are being met and on time. Invest in tools that enable you to track the status of strategies in real-time, and monitor progress by goal, committee or task owner. This can help board leadership catch setbacks and delays before it becomes a problem and connect with the individual in charge of a specific project or task.

By tracking and monitoring goals, board members will be more aware of individual and organizational performance. Enhanced insight to goals will also shed light on how board members are measuring up to responsibilities and expectations.

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