Board Member Orientation: Strategies for Nonprofit Executives
With every new member, the face, personality, and skills of a nonprofit board change. The sooner that these newcomers are brought up to speed about the business of the nonprofit and the board, the sooner all will benefit from the abilities they possess. This guide is designed to help executives provide effective, in-house orientation to rookie board members. It will help them walk through the basic responsibilities of board members, and provide a structure through which specific issues and characteristics about each association and board can be discussed. This resource boasts a wide range of forms and worksheets to assist the busy executive in setting up a customized program in his or her organization.
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Conducting an effective orientation
What you should include
Organizational charts can answer some questions
Help board members understand their roles and responsibilities
Bring board members uptospeed on your nonprofit
Prepare new board members for their first meeting
Putting your orientation package together
Ongoing orientation develops
Review and improve your orientation process regularly 111
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