Welcome to Resources + Solutions, your new weekly communication from BoardSource.
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Welcome to your new weekly communication from BoardSource. We’re listening to our members and things are changing in 2016 – we are providing new resources and tools to help you better serve your board and your organization. All of this new content is available to members as part of our membership program. Take a look, download the new resources, and let us know what you think. We’re in this board-building business together, after all! Please send your feedback to Danielle.Henry@boardsource.org.


Board Service Infographic

Board service: What does it all mean?

What is the role of the board? What are the responsibilities and legal duties of individual board members? How are we as a sector performing on these challenges? This infographic answers these questions for new board members, and serves as a reminder for seasoned nonprofit leaders.

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Know nonprofit boardroom lingo

Does it sometimes seem like board members speak their own language? This comprehensive glossary covers many common terms that come up in board meetings or other discussions – terms that might confuse someone new to the nonprofit sector. This is a great resource to add to board and nonprofit staff orientation materials.

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Growth is good, right?

Discuss this case study and the questions that follow it with your board. How would you solve the dilemma described in this case?

It was the first day of the regular school year at Children’s House Montessori School. Amid all the excitement, the four founding board members sat on a bench and watched their kindergartners play together on their “last first day” of school at Children’s House. It was hard to believe that by the following summer they would be too old for Children’s House and would have to move on to first grade at a new school.

“Maybe we don’t have to send our kids away next year,” Robin Scott said. “Maybe we can expand Children’s House to go up to third grade.”

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Nonprofit Board Roles & Responsibilities

January 26 | 2:00 – 3:00pm ET | Individual Members: Free | Nonmembers: $35

The value of a well-informed board of directors cannot be taken for granted. In fact, board members don’t always realize the varied duties they may be expected to fulfill for the nonprofit and may find themselves doing things they’ve never done before, such as making policy, planning strategies, and forming or leading committees. This session will articulate key roles of boards, duties of board members, and responsibilities for everyone engaged with the board. A full webinar description is online.



Advancing Mission through Advocacy: The Board's Role

January 28 | 2:00 – 3:00pm ET | Individual Members: $40 | Nonmembers: $75

To meet mission, nonprofits have both an opportunity and a responsibility to act as a voice for the people and communities they serve through advocacy and lobbying. Nonprofit boards play a critical role in this process, but oftentimes board members lack experience and a clear understanding of this responsibility. In this webinar, we will look at nonprofit lobbying and advocacy from the board’s perspective.

See our Training Calendar for more sessions.


Next week...

A new blog post on roles in board service, what you need to know about assessing performance, and a checklist on roles and responsibilities that executives and board members can use to engage in important discussions.


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