Episode 51: Well-functioning boards: Ideas for board members

How do we make sure our boards are fully functioning in a joyful, productive way? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah talk about why nonprofits have a board and what boards need to focus on to build a movement for their mission. They talk about what governance means in every day language, and how a board is accountable to their community, their purpose, and the organization. This is the first in a two-part series on boards. Nancy and Sarah will share tips for staff members working with boards in the next episode. 

At the start of the episode, Nancy announces her new board on-demand learning program, available on “The Nonprofit Board Certificate Program” is available in English and Spanish. 

Question to reflect on before you listen:
How is your board accountable to your community?

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. We talked about how a board is accountable to community, purpose, and organization. Which of these should your board think more about?

Word of the week: Governance
What does governance mean to you? How can we take our use of the word “governance” in a public setting and apply it to nonprofits?


What do you think?