20 Questions to Ask When You Join a Board of Directors

  1. How does the mission of the organization align with my values?
  2. What are the responsibilities of board members?
  3. How will I meet my obligations as a board member?
  4. What information do I need to be an effective board member and how will I get and use this information?
  5. What information, ideas, resources, and relationships do I need to share to be an effective board member?
  6. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the board?
  7. How can I make a meaningful and significant contribution to the organization?
  8. How will I strengthen this organization?
  9. What can I learn from serving on this board of directors?
  10. How can I share my gifts and skills with this organization?
  11. How can I promote the work of this organization in my community?
  12. What relationships should I help develop for this organization?
  13. How can I help the board to function more efficiently and effectively?
  14. How will I support the executive director and executive director?
  15. What communication means are most effective and useful for me as a board member?
  16. How will I communicate my new opportunities to the organization’s leadership?
  17. How will I communicate my concerns to the organization’s leadership?
  18. How does being a board member enhance my personal identity?
  19. What is my motivation for serving on this board of directors?
  20. How much time am I willing to contribute to this organization and how will I make the most of that time?

Winter 2013 Webinars Announced

The Fruition Coalition’s Winter 2013 webinars are focused on capacity building. These classes will strengthen your organization to position it for sustainability and success. Each online class costs $45 and includes a free comprehensive e-Workbook ($19.99 value). Classes begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Grant Proposal Writing

February 8, 2013

This class will prepare both inexperienced and seasoned grant proposal writers for successful writing and project management. Topics covered include identifying prospective donors, developing relationships with philanthropic partners, grant proposal structure and contents, organizing the writing process with a team, budgeting, and managing grants that have been received. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Grant Proposal e-Workbook (ISBN 978-1-300-59094-1).

Nonprofit Marketing Planning

February 15, 2013

This class will guide students through the process of articulating information about the organization, environment, relationships, and communication leading to the development of marketing strategies and a comprehensive marketing plan. This class will help your organization become more grounded in its values and identity, create opportunities for meaningful engagement, and develop strong, mutually beneficial relationships so that organizational goals can be achieved. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Marketing Plan e-Workbook (ISBN 978-1-300-59132-0).

Board Development

March 1, 2013

This class will explore the multiple components of a comprehensive board development initiative. Topics covered include governance and other responsibilities, recruitment, orientation, operations, professional development, evaluation, and developing a strong relationship with the executive director. Students will learn how to expand the board’s skills and strengthen their sense of purpose and commitment. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Board Development e-Workbook (forthcoming).

Strategic Planning

March 15, 2013

In this class, students will learn about the strategic planning process. Topics covered include facilitation and organization, community engagement, data analysis, decision making, goal setting, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will be prepared to create a living plan that is easily accessible and user friendly. Students will receive a free copy of The Fruition Coalition Strategic Planning Workbook (forthcoming).