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How nonprofits and board members can respond to COVID-19

As the world responds to the threats of COVID-19, many nonprofits and their boards are wrestling with difficult questions and decisions. In this rapidly evolving environment, the board needs to provide steady and adaptive leadership in partnership with the CEO.

BoardSource is committed to supporting board and staff leaders during this trying time. To do so, we have compiled some of the most common questions we've seen in our community with answers and accompanying resources from our Ask-an-Expert team. The Ask-an-Expert service is typically a member benefit, but during this time it is available to all organizations.

Additionally, our latest blog post outlines what nonprofit boards should be thinking about and working to address during these trying times.

COVID-19 Resources

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Virtual Board Meetings

With most of the country practicing social distancing, many nonprofits are unable to continue with previously scheduled in-person board meetings. But that doesn't mean that the board shouldn't be meeting at all. In a challenging and rapidly changing environment, effective board meetings take on even more importance. Has your board discussed how it can meet virtually?

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You can read more about virtual meetings in our downloadable publication, Virtual Meetings Untangled. We are offering this publication as a free, immediate download during this time.

Bylaws 101

Bylaws are legally binding rules that outline how the board of a nonprofit will operate. While they are unique to each organization, nonprofit bylaws generally have a similar structure and use. Learn more about how bylaws are created and used and consider whether it's time to revisit your organization's bylaws. 

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Conflicts of Interest: Five Things You Should Know  

All board members should sign annual conflict-of-interest statements, disclose known potential conflicts, and recuse themselves from discussions and voting when conflicts do arise. Is it time for your board to dust off its policy?

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Blog: Welcoming the Next Generation of Board Leadership

Is your nonprofit ready to welcome the next generation of board leadership? This post by Christina Carr discusses four steps to take so that you can recruit, retain, and develop younger board leaders.

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