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Nonprofit boards should adopt strong governance and financial management policies, and maintain close ties with the executive director to ensure that the organization is effectively run and stay focused on the purpose. However, amid the bustle of daily operations and the chaos of fundraising, it could be easy for an organization’s board to forget its purpose and become bogged down in the tactical nuances.

Certain factors can make a non-profit board more efficient, and it begins by implementing a well-designed selection and nomination process. Anyone who picks new members should be looking for candidates with the right mix of skill sets and professional experience. They should then set high standards and conduct an exhaustive selection process to narrow down the pool of qualified applicants.

To avoid myopia and groupthink to avoid myopia and groupthink, it is crucial that the panel of nominees seeks diversities in race, gender and wealth. It must also be diverse in regards to work style, political ideology and profession. Involving people who are directly affected by the social problem that the organisation is trying to solve like a homeless person who is on the board of a shelter for the homeless can enhance the performance of the board.

Meetings are crucial for boards of nonprofit organizations to meet and discuss the organization’s strategic moves. But if you witness an individual on the board using their phone, messaging their friends, or doodling during an event, it can be disconcerting to those who are. The best tools to facilitate meetings can bring out the best members, reduce stress and increase performance.