Habits Of An Effective Chair

Posted on July 15, 2005 by BoardSource

Serving as the chair of the board is not a role for the indolent and undecided. To do the job right demands at times exceptional and supernatural qualities, endless energy, and undivided attention and commitment… Read More

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Posted on October 23, 2003 by BoardSource

The American Competitiveness and Corporate Accountability Act of 2002, commonly known as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, was signed into law on July 30, 2002. Nonprofit leaders should look carefully at the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley and determine whether their organizations ought to voluntarily adopt particular governance practices. This report reviews those provisions and assess their relevance to nonprofit organizations… Read More

A History of Nonprofit Boards in the United States

Posted on October 21, 2003 by Peter Dobkin Hall

These observations about the early history of nonprofit boards from well-known researcher Peter Dobkin Hall include a description of the first American board of directors, and a description of the landmark Supreme Court decision in the Dartmouth College (1918) that shielded corporations from intrusions by the legislature and also promoted the concept that ‘the will of the public could be… Read More

Productive Meetings

Posted on November 4, 2002 by BoardSource

Efficiency and effectiveness are key objectives of a good board meeting. Assist your board in structuring meetings so they will become productive for the organization and worthwhile and interesting for the participants. By planning ahead and focusing on activities before, during and after the meeting, you move closer to efficient meeting procedures and outcomes that meet the expectations… Read More

Do We Need Committees?

Posted on October 28, 2002 by BoardSource

Committees can be a practical way to structure and manage the board’s work. A committee is created to provide counseling and advice for the board or to handle a task that belongs in the board’s agenda. Committees are more effective when their charter and scope of work is clearly defined by the board… Read More