Better boards

So many people working in charities complain about their board. This should not be happening! In this special showcase dedicated to good governance, Simone Joyaux ACFRE will be adding a new article each month that will show you how to make your board the best ever.

Board chairs

by Simone Joyaux

How to make sure that the chair of your board is neither good, bad,or indifferent, but absolutely great!

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Enabling your board members and other fundraising volunteers

by Simone Joyaux

Do you think you already do all you possibly can to help your board members and other volunteers reach their full potential? Or do you think you could maybe do more? Here’s some great advice from Simone Joyaux on how to be an outstanding ‘enabler’.

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Assessing your board’s governance capacity

by Simone Joyaux

If you need to do individual assessments of each member of your board, but aren’t sure how to go about it Simone Joyaux shows you the route to optimum board performance.

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How effective are your board members?

Hand in front of the sun

by Simone Joyaux

There’s a big difference between the board and its board members. Remember that the board does corporate governance – and that only happens when the board is together at meetings. Corporate governance is a collective act.

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What do you talk about at your board meetings?

by Simone Joyaux

Wait! Don’t answer that yet. Instead, let’s start at the very beginning: what is the purpose of a board?

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Why have a board?

by Simone Joyaux

You have to have a board. That’s what the law says. Any other reason? Well, having a board really does add value – more value than just raising or giving money.

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Involving your board members in fundraising, part one

by Simone Joyaux

Sometimes it’s a struggle to get the board to carry out its fundraising role. Often it’s even harder to get individual members to participate; even if they understand their roles, they don’t want to do ‘that fundraising stuff’.

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Firing lousy board members

Board members

by Simone Joyaux

Why do it? Who does it? And how can you avoid it?

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Introducing: Simone uncensored

by Simone Joyaux

SOFII’s guide to good governance that month by month will build to a must-have manual for your nonprofit board.

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My worldwide mission to destroy all executive committees

Candles

by Simone Joyaux

So, you’ve fired your lousy board members, as instructed by Simone Joyaux. But you can’t sit back and relax, now she says you must destroy your board’s executive committee. Click here to find out why it is so important.

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Major contributors to this section

Simone Joyaux

Simone P Joyaux, ACFRE is described as ‘one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector’. A consultant specialising in fund development, strategic planning and board development, Simone guides countless organisations and professionals through her consulting and coaching, teaching and writing. She teaches in the graduate programme for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, in Minneapolis, USA. Her books include Keep Your Donors, Strategic Fund Development and Firing Lousy Board Members. As a volunteer, Simone founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a social justice organisation. Currently she chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the UK and the board of cirectors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Simone and her life partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity.

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