Sorry, There is No Hiatus for Nonprofit Boards This Summer
During more ordinary times, many boards have a hiatus during the summer months. Some skip June or July. Other have no regular meetings in July or August. Not this summer. To fulfill their duties and responsibilities during the Covid pandemic and this period of social unrest, boards will need to continue to meet regularly over the summer in order to:
- Support the CEO/ED. Your chief executive has had a tumultuous spring and may have laid off or furloughed staff leaving less (wo)manpower during a time of more work.
- Review and update your organizational values, if applicable, and consider if actions are appropriate given social and racial justice issues.
- Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local rules regarding health and safety procedures around resumption of business.
- Continue to monitor cash flow and re-forecast budgets.
- Steward donors.
- Work with development staff to re-formulate development strategies and make asks.
- Be ambassadors for summer activities, programs and services and highlight organizational resilience and innovation.
- Re-assess and re-prioritize organizational goals for the remainder of 2020.
- Begin to think about 2021 and longer-term planning.
- Review current committees, task forces and working groups and determine needs moving forward.
Schedule your July and August board meetings. You can always cancel a meeting if you don’t need it. Better to have time set aside for the important work required. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary effort.
Nanette Fridman, MPP, JD, is founder and principal of Fridman Strategies , a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, financial resource development, governance and leadership coaching for values-driven organizations. She is the author of On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service. Nanette can be reached at email@example.com.