Governance: Board Composition
Ideally a club’s board of directors should consist of team parents as well as a diverse group of objective people. It is not recommended to have a board made up of all current parents.
A nonprofit board sets the organization’s future direction, ensures that appropriate guidelines are in place and respected and creates an ethical environment that sets the tone for board members, staff and members. The board makes decisions collectively, which means that individual board members, lacking special authorization, cannot officially represent the organization or act on behalf of the full board.
As the fiduciary, the board must take special care by making informed decisions, and while deliberating, be mindful of the organization’s potential threats and opportunities. A diverse board that includes a great variety of skills, expertise, and perspectives will be more likely to accomplish this objective. In reality, it is impossible for the full board to handle all aspects of the organization with equal professionalism and attention. Although the board cannot delegate its primary fiduciary duty, it can allot aspects of its work to other work groups and/or individuals. As long as the full board retains ultimate control over what’s being done, delegation can be a wise management practice.
Use of a board matrix exercise and establishing clear guidelines for bringing on new board members can be very helpful in building a strategically diverse and effective board.
Board Matrix see worksheet
The example of a board matrix below can be used to identify existing needs when soliciting new board candidates. Further, this ensures that the board is a diverse and strategic representation of the community that the organization serves. This is an example only and may be customized for your organization.
Gap analysis: Once you have filledout a matrix for your current board members, the next step is to identify "gaps" represented in the martix. This can help you pin-point board needs and new board members.
How to Handle Board Elections
This process is an example only; it can be simplified or modified as needed.