Board Meeting Structure – The Backbone That Enables Your Board to Make Productive Decisions

Your board’s structure is the basis that allows it to take effective decisions. Board meetings usually begin with a call to order in which the chairperson welcomes everyone and introduces new members and then outlines the mission and vision of the company statement. The next step at a board meeting is to go over and approve the minutes of previous meetings. This provides the board with an overview of where the company is.

After the board has discussed the past performance, it’s time to look towards the future, with strategies that will increase awareness of the nonprofit, increase donor and member numbers as well as create fundraising opportunities and transform ideas into practical steps for each department. Senior management should present their ideas for growth during this portion of the meeting and solicit input from the rest of the executive team. The board should then decide on a plan that can be implemented within the given timeframe.

This is also a chance to address any obstacles that may hinder the implementation of the plan, including budgetary issues or time constraints. The board should work in tandem to find solutions that allow the company to overcome these hurdles and move forward.

This part of the board meeting usually includes any special announcements, celebrations, or condolences offered by attendees, in addition to any important changes to the agenda for the upcoming session. Then, the chairperson of the board typically ends the meeting by stating the time to end the meeting so that the secretary is able to record it in the minutes.

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