Effective Practices

Board Excellence

A nonprofit’s board is key to sustaining a viable, well-regarded and well-resourced organization.  This section provides practical guidance on the art and science of excellent board governance.


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Sample Work-plan Calendar

Having a year-at-a-glance document that outlines key activities for your organization can help keep things on track.

Board Room Inquiry Discussions

Board room engagement can be made richer by the board routinely asking questions which prompt meaningful discussions and quickly get to the heart of the matter.

The Performance Imperative - Qualities of High-Performing Nonprofits

What does "high performance" really means for nonprofits? How do you get there from here? The Leap Ambassadors Community, a network of nonprofit leaders has developed clear, actionable answers to both questions.

Board Activity: The Culture of the Board

Use this activity to engage your board in a thoughtful discussion of the culture of the board.

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Board Committees

Much of the work of the board is accomplished by standing committees or ad hoc work groups. This document describes several types of committees.

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Board Term-Limit Worksheet

Track the important dates of your board members' terms with this worksheet.

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By-Laws Basics

A fact filled Powerpoint presentation on by-laws from Assistant Director of the NH Charitable Trusts Unit.

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By-Laws Cheat Sheet

Create a handy one-page document to the most frequently asked questions from your by-laws

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By-Laws Checklist

Review this checklist to see what you might be missing in your by-laws.

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Document Destruction and Retention Policy Sample

Adapt this template for use in your organization today.

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Governance as Leadership - Summary of Board Behaviors

This resource briefly summarizes some of the key differences between Fiduciary, Strategic and Generative thinking in the boardroom.

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Independent Audit Policy Sample

Create or update your audit policy with ideas from this sample.

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready for the Future?

Sometimes knowing which questions to ask is as important as knowing the answers. This resource offers 20 questions to ask about mission, revenue, reputation and infrastructure.

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Nonprofit Dissolution: What to do When Closing the Doors

We never want to think about closing the doors, but this document will guide you through what that process entails.

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Sample By-Laws

When you're getting ready to write your organization's by-laws it can be helpful to look at samples from other organizations.

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Sculpting a High-Performing Board

This resource reviews the qualities of a high-performing board and outlines a three-step process to aid your board in becoming extraordinary.

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Securely Distributing Documents to Your Board

Before the board meeting, you need to get some files to your board members for their review. Sending documents via email is not always the best way to accomplish this. This resource offers some tips for low/no cost sharing of files.

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Sustainability Matrix Map Worksheet

Steve Zimmerman has shared this interactive Excel Worksheet for implementing his Matrix Map.

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The Five Phases of Board Development
Boards of directors and boards of trustees are similar to other groups in that they go through various stages or phases of change. Certain aspects of each phase are critical to the successful development of the board and, therefore, the organization. Lee Bruder explores these phases and the key tasks of the board during each phase.
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Yearly Workplan for a Nonprofit Board - Sample

This workplan sample breaks down board initiatives and standard business to identify who is responsible for each item, the timeframe, deliverables and more.

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The Go Factor

In the triad of "ready, set, go" NonprofitNext is the "Go Factor." Tools that you find here allow you to quickly move into action by downloading a resource that you can use today - A checklist, a template, information to bring to your next board meeting.



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