How to Build a Collaborative Nonprofit Board Team

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August 29, 2023
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For nonprofit organizations to effectively fulfill their mission it requires a strong collaborative board team. Collaboration can be a challenge for many boards. This article provides some key strategies to create and nurture a productive board team.

Communication is crucial. Be clear with new members of their roles and duties. It is essential to define the roles of every partner in the relationship. This will ensure members actively participate in meetings, are prepared for discussions, and accept the goals and vision. It’s also important to explain the financial expectations of new and existing members. This will encourage healthy discussion and assist in managing expectations.

Nonprofits have limited personnel, resources and skills to accomplish all that they would like to achieve. Collaborating with other nonprofits can help them reach more people and achieve greater impact than they could on their own. However, nonprofits must carefully evaluate the projects they select to collaborate on and ensure that all parties benefit. This will facilitate positive outcomes and create win-win outcomes.

In the above example, Family Focus and CYC were in a position to leverage their own resources to deliver more services. This allowed both organizations to increase their reach and aid more families, without increasing their budgets. It also allowed CYC and Family Focus to refer new clients. This collaboration resulted in an increase in families served and a bigger social change than either organization could have accomplished on their on their own.

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