Highly recommended on my list of things that nonprofits can do to improve the work of the board of directors is to create a full-blown Governance Committee. Also known as a Board Development Committee, the Governance Committee is much more than a nominating committee.
So many organizations find themselves with lackluster boards. There are lots of reasons for this, from a focus on the trivial at board meetings to unskilled chair persons that drive good people away.
But in most of the lackluster boards I’ve worked with, the real reason has to do with who is sitting around that board table.