How to Build a Collaborative Nonprofit Board Team

To help non-profit organizations effectively fulfill their mission it is essential to have a solid team of board members who are collaborative. Collaboration can be a challenge for many boards. This article provides some key strategies to create and cultivate a productive collaborative board team.

Make sure to communicate clearly with new members about their roles and responsibilities. It is crucial to clearly define the roles of each partner in the relationship, and eliminate any ambiguity. This will ensure that the members actively take part in board meetings, come prepared for discussions and fully support the organization’s vision and goals. It’s also crucial to outline the expectations of financial contributions for both current and new members. This will facilitate a healthy debate and will help in managing expectations.

Nonprofits are a small organization with a limited staff, skills and resources to do everything they wish to accomplish. Collaborating with other nonprofits can help them reach more people and make a greater impact than they would on their own. However, nonprofits should carefully consider the projects they choose to collaborate on and ensure that all parties benefit. This will lead to positive outcomes and result in win-win-win situations.

In the case above, Family Focus & CYC were able leverage their resources to provide more services. Both organizations were able expand their reach and support more families without having to increase their budgets. It also allowed CYC to introduce new clients to Family Focus and vice versa. This partnership resulted in an increase in the number of families that were served and more significant social change than either of the organizations would have been able to accomplish on its own.

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