Nonprofit organizations face a unique set of challenges when it comes to board management. The nonprofit board of directors for these organizations must balance the demands of fundraising, donor relations, and program oversight with the legal and ethical responsibilities of governing a tax-exempt organization. Managing all of these responsibilities can be difficult, but with the help of technology, nonprofits can streamline their operations and overcome some of the top struggles that they face.
At Boardable, we get it, because we’ve been there. Our team lives our mission by being board members themselves to drive positive change in the world. In this blog post, we will discuss the top struggles of nonprofit boards based on our experience and how board management software can help solve them.
Difficulty in Managing Nonprofit Board Meetings
One of the top struggles for nonprofit boards is managing board meetings. These meetings can be time-consuming, with many documents to prepare and distribute, as well as attendees to coordinate. Boardable can help ease the pain of many of these tasks. Our software can distribute documents, track attendance, and create meeting agendas. This frees up time for the board to focus on the important discussions and decisions that need to be made.
We’re with you when you need to meet the pre-meeting scramble. We even have a complete guide to board meeting agendas that include templates. Whether it be a board or committee meeting these templates will set you up for success.
Limited Access to Information
Another common struggle for nonprofit boards is limited access to information. Board members often have to rely on staff to provide them with the data they need to make decisions. This can be time-consuming and may not always provide the most accurate or timely information. Boardable provides board members with secure access to real-time data and reports. This allows board members to make informed decisions quickly and efficiently.
We do the recordkeeping for you at Boardable. Save time preparing annual reports and audits with easy access to your board’s activity metrics and meeting documents for the past 30 days, 90 days, year, and all time. Easy peasy.
Lack of Accountability
Nonprofit boards must maintain accountability to their stakeholders, including donors, volunteers, and the communities they serve. However, without proper documentation and record-keeping, it can be challenging to demonstrate this accountability. Board management software can help by tracking and recording all board activities, including decisions, votes, and discussions. This information can be easily accessed and shared with stakeholders, ensuring transparency and accountability.
Inefficient Communication With Nonprofit Boards
Communication is crucial for any organization, and nonprofit boards are no exception. However, traditional methods of communication, such as email and phone calls, can be time-consuming and inefficient. Boardable provides a centralized solution for communication, allowing board members to quickly and easily share information, ask questions, and collaborate on projects.
Streamline communication and keep it out of your inbox — away from security risks and phishing. Securely share polls, messaging, and files all in one thread. You’ll never skip a beat between board meetings.
Nonprofit Boards Can Have Low Engagement
Finally, nonprofit organizations often have a hard time with board member engagement. Without board members being fully engaged it can be a challenge to have them actively participate in board meetings, and become less encouraged to fundraise or follow through with their committee. Our software is built to increase board member engagement, enhance transparency, and have effective communication. And, if you’ve noticed a lapse in engagement – don’t worry – we’re with you every step of the way and have resources to help. These resources are built by our team who actively serve on boards and committees and can relate to your pain points.
Download a free copy of “The Board Engagement Playbook: 7 Tenets for Success” for advice on how to build a more professional, accountable, and determined board of directors.
In conclusion, we understand the struggle that nonprofit boards face in managing their operations effectively. The Boardable team is here to help you overcome these challenges. Our software will allow your board to collaborate, streamline operations, and focus on what matters most, wherever you are.
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