Nonprofit Directors and Officers – Not the Same Thing

Many nonprofits fail to respect the differences between directors and officers. When an individual holds both the position of director (i.e., board member) and an officer position (e.g., chair of the board), we often see such individual elected for only the officer position. It is then assumed that such person automatically also becomes a director, […]

Where Nonprofit Boards Fall Short

A few months ago, Harvard Business Review published a great piece by Dominic Barton and Mark Wiseman titled Where Boards Fall Short.  In the piece, the authors examined the ways in which boards of directors are failing their organizations and discussed areas in which we should begin to make changes regarding how we approach board […]

The 100-Member Board of Directors – Part Three

To close this series of posts, I offer some thoughts offered by other sources on board size: IRS (2009):   “Attention should also be paid to the size of the board ensuring that it is the appropriate size to effectively make sure that the organization obeys tax laws, safeguards its charitable assets, and furthers its […]

The 100-Member Board of Directors – Part One

While there seems to be wide agreement that there should be no laws that limit the maximum number of directors on the board of a nonprofit corporation, we all know that there is some number beyond which effective and responsible governance is impractical.  That number may vary depending on the particular nonprofit and its directors. […]