These resources explain how to build an effective nonprofit board and address strategies to improve board operations.
5 Ways to Form an Effective Board
National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative (2008)
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Outlines five strategies for forming an effective board of directors: conduct a board checkup; orient new members; keep searching for new members; shape a board that has a mix of education, skills, information, and access to important donor networks; and implement strategies to boost board performance.
Explains the concept of board development and provides a collection of links with a range of viewpoints on improving board operations.
Board Leadership and Development
In The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Analyzes the continuing challenge of developing board leadership and describes some promising approaches for helping boards meet their leadership obligations.
Establishing a Nonprofit Organization: Select Individuals to Serve on the Board of Directors
The Foundation Center
Provides tips on how to build an effective board of directors.
How Evaluative Learning Builds Capacity
In A Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness
Explores how funders and nonprofit organizations typically evaluate their grantees' programs. Presents strategies for using evaluation as a capacity-building tool to improve organizational functions such as board development, strategic planning, and fundraising.