14 Strategies for Running an Effective Nonprofit Board Meeting








►Issue a notice of the meeting to all board members, including the location, time, and an agenda

►Implement a system for board members to confirm their attendance in advance

►Board chair may distribute a more detailed agenda at the meeting

►Chair should lead with a brief summary of what will be covered

►An agenda must be followed

►Additions to the agenda should rarely be considered

►Crucial legal matters should be a priority or addressed by the executive committee

►Board chair is responsible for managing the time and getting through all items outlined in the agenda

►All board members’ comments must be focused and to the point

►At the beginning of the meeting, assure that there is a quorum present

►It’s not an official board meeting without a quorum

Board members should leave each meeting with specific action steps and expected outcomes

►Any support for implementation should be provided (i.e. materials, training, etc.)

►All the proceedings of the meeting are recorded in written minutes by someone other than the chair


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