How to Build a Collaborative Nonprofit Board Team

For nonprofit organizations to effectively achieve their objectives they require a collaboration among board members. For many boards, collaboration is a challenge to overcome. This article offers strategies to create and cultivate a productive collaborative board team.

Communication is essential. Be clear with new members of their roles and responsibilities. It is important to clearly define the roles of each partner in the relationship. This will ensure that the members actively participate in board meetings, come prepared for discussions, and fully support the vision and objectives of the organization. It’s also crucial to outline the financial contribution expectations for current and new members. This will encourage a healthy discussion and help to manage expectations.

Nonprofits are constrained in terms of staff, knowledge and financial resources. Collaboration with other nonprofits may enable them to reach more people and make a greater impact than they would on their own. However, nonprofits must be cautious about the projects they decide to collaborate on and ensure that all parties gain. This will help to achieve positive results and create win-win outcomes.

In the above example, Family Focus and CYC were able to leverage their individual resources to provide more services. Both organizations were able expand their reach and aid more families without increasing their budgets. It also allowed CYC to refer new clients to Family Focus and vice versa. This collaboration resulted in an increase in families being served and a more significant social change than either of the organizations could have achieved on their on their own.

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