The structure of your board is the foundation for it to make informed decisions. Aboard meetings typically begin with a call-to-order, where the chairperson welcomes everyone, introduces new members, and explains the company’s vision and mission statement. The next step is usually to look over and approve previous minutes of the meeting, which provides the board with a basis of understanding about where the company stands.

Once the board has discussed the previous performance, it’s now time to think about the future with strategies that can help increase awareness of the nonprofit, increase the number of members and donors and create fundraising opportunities and turn ideas into actionable steps for each department. During this part of the board’s meeting the senior management should present their ideas for growth and ask for feedback from the executive team. The board should then agree on a plan of action that can be implemented within the given timeframe.

This is also a chance to address any obstacles that may hinder the implementation of your chosen plan, including budgetary issues or time constraints. The board should collaborate to find solutions that allow the company to conquer these hurdles and move forward.

The time during the meeting is usually reserved for any announcements, messages of congratulations, or condolences that attendees might have. Also, it includes important additions to the next session’s agenda. The board chairperson will then declare the meeting to be over so that the secretary may record it in the minutes.