Best practices are specific, discrete ministry activities that measurably increase program scale, effectiveness, and/or efficiency, and can be replicated by other National Ministries. Best practices should be supported by evidence (data).
Recruiting a board of directors is foundational to the success of your organization. The right board of directors becomes an enabler and accelerator of the ministry – setting the mission and vision and the goals for how to get there; asking the hard questions; giving the organization a focus; and acting as an insulator by handling the governance matters of an organization while setting the staff free to pursue the accomplishment of the vision. Finding the right people can be a challenge, but it will be worth the time invested.
Training a board of directors is giving them the tools they need. Non-profit organizations need to generate financial and people resources, and board members should be trained on how to do both. Board members also need to provide oversight to the organization. Board members must be clear on the difference between oversight and management, and learn the skills necessary to provide oversight in different areas such as finance and governance.
Non-profit organizations must prove they are worth supporting. The board of directors sets the tone for the organization – not only the goals but also approving the policies and procedures for how the organization achieves its mission. Board members become the organization’s biggest supporters and its most important marketers.
The PFI board mantra – ‘Heads together, noses in, fingers out’ – sums up the goals of a healthy board of directors.
A great starting point is the PFI organizational growth presentation on the purpose of a Board of Directors.
1. Human Resources