Like failed diets, board ineffectiveness keeps many nonprofits unfit and sluggish, reports the Stanford Social Innovation Review. And yet, the transformation from ho-hum to exceptional is well within reach when nonprofits decide to confront process and behavioral challenges derailing their good intentions.
It’s why nonprofits come to discover Boardable’s board software: They’re seeking a faster, easier way to engage board members, creating the kinds of experiences that make volunteers excited to contribute and bring others along. Just as important, they want to boost board performance without undue burden on staff and finances.
As it happens, board management obstacles keeping your nonprofit from progressing can be reduced dramatically by automating routine tasks and eliminating common barriers in board communications. Below are four ways Boardable helps nonprofits do so.
Time is money, goes the old adage. It’s true for your staff, and it’s true for your volunteers. What else could your teams accomplish if they could reclaim hours each week?
With Boardable’s board software, staff and volunteers can automate a slew of routine tasks like meeting scheduling, input gathering, information sharing, notifications, and more, freeing them up to get more done elsewhere, like fundraising or executing your mission.
Clients also tell us their meeting prep routines went from a marathon to a stroll in the park: “[Boardable] cuts down on so much wasted paper from board packets,” shared Crystal G. in a review of Boardable submitted to Capterra. “Rather than print things out and toss them after each meeting, board members are now responsible for reading and accessing their own information.”
Fellow reviewer Joe C. summed up Boardable as “a one-stop resource for our two boards of directors and multiple committees. With a tiny staff of four, this is a huge impact for us.”
An engaged board is more present, writes more checks, and believes so much in what you do, they bring others along. They also walk into meetings ready to contribute, and every meeting moves you closer to your goals.
It’s common sense, but not necessarily common practice: Disengagement is why many board meetings devolve into staff-driven, pre-baked, wasteful exercises, as the Stanford Social Innovation Review puts it.
High board engagement—the kind that grows your organization’s reach, impact, and financial health—is only possible when board members feel known and valued, when clarity replaces confusion, and no interaction is viewed as irrelevant or wasteful.
With Boardable’s board software, board members can connect and build rapport more easily, accessing peer profiles, identifying common interests, and keeping discussions centralized for easy reference and follow-up. They can also access documents, meeting notes, and discussion threads without digging up email attachments—no more searching for old messages, or asking your staff to resend files.
Within a couple of clicks, volunteers can collaborate on documents, view past/future meetings, agendas, polls and more, so they walk into meetings prepared to discuss and make decisions. Just as important, board members can submit anonymous or remote input, so everyone’s comfortable voting on sensitive issues, and participates in decisions when they’re away.
“It’s brilliant to create a central place for all board members to access everything they need to be a successful and active part of the board,” wrote Kate S. in another review submitted to Capterra.
Reasonably, a board that’s uninterested, uninformed, or confused can’t produce good results. Neither can an overworked staff who can’t keep up with board demands on top of other job responsibilities.
Misplaced emails, blocked attachments, lack of clarity, and delays in accessing info all contribute to less-than-warm feelings about volunteering for your cause. Before long, those small tripping points snowball into a pattern of errors, delays, miscommunication, and needless costs. No wonder 67% of board members plan to leave their position in the next five years, reveals a nonprofit leadership study led by University of Plymouth in England.
Automation and integration are how you eliminate those hurdles without adding more staff or spending money you don’t have.
Most board management software is too expensive for nonprofits. It’s why many organizations resort to duct-taping disparate tools together, forcing staff and volunteers to navigate multiple dashboards and databases that don’t “talk” with each other, duplicating efforts and breeding inefficiencies.
With our board software, you can centralize board info and communications, where everything (and everyone) is just a couple of clicks away.
With our Boardable team’s personal experience working for nonprofits, we understand the importance of keeping fees low as you adopt new tech. With that in mind, our board software packages start at a price with nonprofit budgets in mind. Plus, we let you test-drive Boardable for a month at no cost—no credit card or commitment required.
Bottom line? By eliminating barriers and delays in board communications, Boardable’s board management software helps you reach objectives faster, with less effort and expense than you do today.
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