For nonprofits, board training oftentimes goes overlooked and becomes less of a priority when discussing the foundation of an organization. Though this is a commonality among nonprofit organizations, it’s important to recognize that it can be a highly resourceful tool for a successful and trouble-free association.
Why Is Board Training Overlooked?
Overlooking an essential code of rules and regulations sounds like a thoughtless idea. However, board training often gets brushed over in lieu of all of the prep and training that comes with fundraising, technology training, volunteer onboarding, etc.
Orientations can sometimes be a brief hour-long presentation describing the positions and tasks of members for an organization. Unfortunately, this quick method can be damaging to ensuring a strong code of ethics and expectations. Several reasons exist for why an organization should put time and effort into board training, but because of conflicts or interest, general costs, and a lack of direction, this type of training can be given little attention and time.
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The Importance of Board Training
Relying on employee handbooks is simply not enough for a strong sense of direction and compliance in an association. Instead of running a board training like a quick presentation, these sessions should be a continued series of events that explore distinctive ideas on how to improve an organization’s culture and principles, while also opening the dialogue among board members.
Most importantly, state laws require nonprofit organizations to have a strong board for the sake of its security and structure. These laws designate overall responsibility and liability to that board. Administering a respectable culture in a nonprofit organization will help members to understand a clear expectation between groups and instill among them. Even more so, board training can improve an organization’s main mission and goals in the long run. Focusing on these functions will improve the effectiveness, management, and visibility for its workers.
What Board Training Should Include
So, what exactly should board training represent for its employees?
After acknowledging and understanding the significance of the sessions, determining what goes into these sessions is the next step for a successful foundation. Some examples can be:
- Explanation of tools and technology used within an establishment
- Expectations between board members, volunteers, and staff
- The organization’s mission statement and purpose in an industry
- Certain deliverables, deadlines, and participation for each department
- Strategic planning for a shared vision expectation in 5-10 years
- Advocacy and fundraising goals
- Review of an organization’s resources available and how they can be used
Every nonprofit needs proper training to set the tone, expectations, and overall morale of the establishment. With a strong understanding of goals and objectives, board training will be one of the most important tools for setting the right expectations and obligations for its team members.
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