Boards and Volunteers

Volunteers: I Signed Up to Do What?
April 5, 2013

Never have a board member come up to you or others and say, "I signed up to do what?" Clarity is key to success, and shell games are for casinos. Do not mix the two!

Strong, Positive Leadership Inspires Gifts
March 20, 2013

When the senior staff and board fulfill their roles and demonstrate that they are strong leaders, a culture is created where philanthropy is a priority and is celebrated.

Sunrise ... Sunset ...
March 6, 2013

When you are working with volunteers, be sure that you honor their time and your commitments. Explain clearly what you expect — and what they can expect. Be sure that you set volunteers up for success.

Rice MBA students make their mark on Houston with nonprofit board service
August 31, 2011

For the fourth consecutive year, Rice University MBA students are making a mark on Houston with their involvement in nonprofit boards as part of the Jones Graduate School of Business Board Fellows Program.

The program matches Rice MBA students with Houston community-based nonprofit organizations. Students serve as nonvoting board members for either 12- or 18-month appointments and attend board sessions and relevant committee meetings under the mentorship of a current board member.

The program is mutually beneficial for both students and the organizations involved, said Donna Platt, associate director of development for the Jones School and the program’s coordinator.

Ethics Office Moves to Let Federal Employees Serve on Nonprofit Boards
July 7, 2011

The Office of Government Ethics has taken the first step toward allowing federal employees to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations, potentially ending a 15-year ban that advocacy groups say was misguided.

In a proposed rule, OGE aims to change a regulation that prohibits federal employees from serving in their official capacity on the board of a nonprofit without a waiver from their agency. Such waivers can be difficult to obtain, discouraging employees from accepting positions on everything from scientific panels to neighborhood boards.

New Book on a Nonprofit Board's Role
June 24, 2011

An appointment to the board of a nonprofit organization is both an honor and a challenge for someone who has never served as a board member before. Even the best of intentions can turn out badly if the person doesn't understand the role of a director or trustee.

So Michael Batts, partner in an Orlando-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit groups, has thrown a lifeline to those serving on such boards with a small book titled "Board Member Orientation: The Concise and Complete Guide to Nonprofit Board Service."

Pols aim to ban money for nonprofits’ boards in Mass.
May 24, 2011

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and her allies are stepping up their crackdown on nonprofit health insurers and other public charities that pay their boards of directors, with a fast-tracked budgetary amendment that could ban the controversial practice as soon as July 1.

Coakley already had filed a bill to bar nonprofit director pay, but Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) now has attached Coakley’s no-pay measure to the state budget, which could dramatically speed up the process and make it harder to sideline the measure in committee.

Funders’ boards skew white, male, over 50
March 9, 2011

Members of foundation boards are predominantly white, male and over age 50, and they do not receive compensation for their board work, a new survey says.

Eighty-five percent of board members at over 500 foundations responding to a survey by the Council on Foundations are white, 62 percent are male, and 74 percent are over age 50, with 19 percent age 40 to 49.

At family foundations, 16 percent of board members are under age 40, representing the largest share of board members that age among all foundations, says the survey.