July 17, 2011

This week, I’ve been in the Berkshires working with great nonprofits in the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Nonprofit Learning Program. We’ve been talking about good governance.

First, always remember this! Corporate governance is a collective act – and only happens at board meetings. Read the board’s job description…that’s what you do at board meetings. How do you do that at board meetings…check out my due diligence outline. And if you’re not doing all this, at some point in some board meeting(s)…then you aren’t fulfilling your corporate governance responsibility.

Here’s one way to evaluate how well you’re doing with corporate governance: Conduct my governance self-assessment. Tabulate the responses and then talk about the results at a board meeting. Use your board’s Governance Committee to create a plan to improve your adherence to standards. Every few months, talk about another one of the governance standards. Figure out how to improve your performance.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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