Board Orientation

After elections, an orientation is key to a successful year. Many organizations disregard it because the board or chairperson thinks it isn’t important or there isn’t enough time.
Orientation is the opportunity for staff to explain board responsibilities, the board-staff relationship and organizational goals. A well-planned orientation takes 2 to 3 hours and makes a lasting impact. It should not be something squeezed into the coffee break at a meeting!


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Model Induction Checklist

A guideline checklist for inducting new directors onto a co-operative board

Can a Co-op Director be Held Personally Liable

This case represents a wakeup call for every director of a cooperative corporation or condominium association alerting them once again that they cannot hide behind the “Business Judgment” rule when issues of discrimination are involved. The Appellate Court reversed a prior decision of the same court finding that a director’s participation in a corporation’s tortious behavior is sufficient to give rise to individual liability for the director.

Board Manual Reveals Priorities an Strategy

It is a mistake to call it “Policies and Procedures.” By referencing “procedures” as a board responsibility, directors may think they oversee administration. Their focus should be on higher-level governance, leaving procedures to the staff.

Conveying the Role of the Board

Not all directors know the meaning of governance. Some join the board with experience in their own work settings --- making administrative or tactical decisions each day. This is not governance.

Board Decorum

When directors join a board they expect to receive and read the governing documents. The bylaws, policies and articles of incorporation outline board authority and limitations. But what about board decorum? Decorum is the behavior of directors considered to be correct, polite, and respectable.

Board Education and Orientation

After many board meetings I hear the staff say, “they loaded me up with all sorts of new projects.” One way to ease the volunteers from unloading on staff is to educate leaders about their roles and responsibilities, strategic goals, resources and committees.

Enhancing the Weakest Link

Associations want to portray strength. If the national is composed of state chapters, or the state has local components, all of them should perform at a certain level to deliver consistent value to members.

Improving the Board Experience

Meetings of the board can be dreaded or difficult to endure. Listening to reports, watching individuals promote personal agendas, a lack of focus on outcomes, and bad behavior leaves some board members wondering if it’s worth their time.

The Language of Associations

Associations, chambers of commerce and other not-for-profit organizations have a language all there own. Use this list of common nonprofit terms to orient new staff and volunteer leaders.

Orientation Should Be More Than A Familiarization Tour

Nost organizations conduct board orentation periodically. the audience delevery content and frequency vary broadly. there is even difference as to whether the process is exclusively for new leaders.

Use Board Orientation to Refresh and Blend

Boards often scoff at the idea of an annual leadership orientation. They say, “We had a good one three years ago,” or “there are only 2 new members on the board – we’ll do something for them next year.”

Board Orientation

Identifying a new board member is only the first step in what you hope will be a mutually rewarding relationship. Whether orientation of your new board member is approached informally, or formally, be sure to include the basics needed for new board members to become engaged in the work of the board right away, and to serve as a committed ambassador and advocate for your nonprofit’s mission for a long time to come.

Leadership Orientation – Agenda

Leadership Orientation – Agenda chart.

Board Orientation

An association or chamber is a group of persons working together to advance a cause or mission. Nonprofit organizations have served the USA for more than 150 years. With 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations, the common traits are a 1) mission statement and 2) a volunteer board of directors. Good governance requires a vision, strategy and team efforts.

Board Orientation Work Book

An association or chamber needs a dedicated group of leaders working together to advance a cause or mission. Nonprofit organizations have served the USA for more than 150 years. With 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations, the common traits are the purpose of advancing a mission and volunteer leadership team. Good governance requires a vision, strategy and team efforts.

The Humble Board Member

Is there one quality that is most respected among board members? A quality that supports continuous success? Something that enhances a culture of trust? Humility is the trait that best positions a director for sustainable effectiveness on a board.

How To Facilitate The Transfer Of Critical Knowledge And Insights.

Newly elected board members rely on staff to inform them about their roles and responsibilities.

Orientation Checklist

This checklist is a general outline to guide the orientation of new board members. Your organization should modify it as you see fit to ensure that all new board members are provided with the information necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.

Operating Framework

There are more than 1 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Development and maintenance of an operating framework promotes efficiency, creates systems, reduces risk and sets up training manuals. Systems remove uncertainty and discretion – promoting excellence in service and ensuring sustainability.

Avoiding Board Orientation

“Can you help me convince my board that orientation is important?” It’s a frequent question from executive directors asking for assistance to improve governance; they are pitted against a board that calls orientation “a waste of time.”

Orientation to Co-ops

The cooperative way of doing business is a fascinating one. one that tries to mix visionary social ideals with economic realities of running a business.

New Board Training Program Agenda

Legend suggests that the initial structured cooperative business in the United States was the Philadelphia Contribution ship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, a mutual fire insurance company established in 1752. This association’s reputation is likely based on two factors. First, Benjamin Franklin was the organizer. Second, the business has been conducted so efficiently over the years that it is still operating today.

New Member Orientation

Developing and conducting an organizational recruitment campaign is very important. Yet, as we all know, retaining these new members is entirely another matter. All too frequently groups skip any form of orientation and just place their new members directly on committees or organizational projects. Although involvement is crucial to the longevity of the group, understanding the organization and its goals, objectives, structure, norms and taboos is equally as important.

Cooperative Organizers Handbook

It has been said that cooperatives is an economic movement that uses education; we can alter that definition, affirming that it is an educational movement that uses economic action.

Below the Surface in the Organization

80 percent of an iceberg is below the surface. The same can be said about associations. The critical elements are invisible to members yet a responsibility of the leadership.

Coop Facilitator’s Guide

Coop facilitator’s guide provides in-depth information on how to organize and facilitate Think. COOP training. The guide explains how to plan a Think .Coop training, provides guidance on facilitation techniques and provides step-by-step descriptions of the learning activities in the Think. Coop training guide, including key messages to be shared with participants. It also serves as a reference to expand on concepts and explain topics and activities of the Think.

Orientation Should Stress Governance

While most boards receive an orientation, there is diversity in the content, delivery and frequency. There is even debate as to whether the process is for new leaders or if the entire board should be included1.

The One-Day Orientation

Think.COOP has been developed as a low-cost, easy to use training tool for those interested in establishing or joining a cooperative. It draws on technical content from existing materials in different ILO cooperative training tools and peer-to-peer, activity based learning methodology from the ILO’s Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) program, Think.COOP provides simple information on the basics of cooperatives.

Orientation Packet

Today’s elders require access to affordable housing and support services. This is an increasingly elusive goal for those on fixed incomes as Bay Area housing costs skyrocket and retirement savings plummet. While our community is open to both women and men, the housing crisis is of particular concern for women who comprise the majority of single elders over the age of 55.

Orientation to Cooperatives

The cooperative way of doing business exists to combine visionary social ideas with the economic realities of running a business. It is a business voluntarily owned and controlled by the people who use it and is operated solely for the benefit of its owner owners people working together for their mutual benefit, achieving goals through cooperation that the individual could not achieve on their own.

I’m On The Board. Now What?

In this book, we’re giving you the collective knowledge of our 40+ years of experience working alongside countless board members to improve their communities. Keep reading to learn the fundamental roles and responsibilities of an HOA board, how to find success in your new position, and the next steps you need to take as the newest board member.

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