Boards & Governance

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Mahatma Gandhi

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For thought - Here We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Santa Fe Community Foundation Programs Addressing Board Work
     Learning Labs
     Leadership Programs

Bylaws
     Bylaws web section (BoardSource)
     How to Draft 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Bylaws with Sample Nonprofit Bylaws (IRS)
     Nonprofit Bylaws - What to Include and What to Leave Out (Charity Lawyer)
     Sample of Nonprofit Bylaws (Board Effect)

Directors & Officers (D&O) Insurance
     
A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Insurance (Blue Avocado)
     
Nonprofit Directors and Officers Insurance (Guidestar)
     
What Do You Know About D&O?  (Nonprofit Risk Management Center)

Equity, Diversity, and Recruitment
     10 Steps to a More Diverse Board (National Council of Nonprofits)
     Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (BoardSource)
     Leading with Intent (BoardSource)
     Let's Stop (Just) Talking About Nonprofit Board Diversity (HuffPost)
     How to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board: The Complete Guide (Wild Apricot)

Meetings and Orientation
     7 Tips for Running Effective Nonprofit Board Meetings (nonprofit hub)
     Board Orientation (Wild Apricot)
     Effective Board Meetings for Good Governance (National Council of Nonprofits)

Policy and Advocacy Resources for Board Members
     Advocacy - An essential board responsibility (Nonprofit Law Blog)
     Stand for Your Mission - Advocacy (BoardSource)
     Why Board Engagement in Advocacy is Essential (Nonprofit Quarterly)
     

Staff-Board Relationships
     How to Build a Better Board and Staff Relationship (nonprofit hub)
     Should Staff Contact with the Board be Restricted? (Blue Avocado)
     The Invisible Yellow Line (Jean Block, Inc.)

General Board Resources