Nonprofit Laws: Board Rules And Regulations
August 30, 2016

Nonprofit Laws: Board Rules and Regulations

In March 2012, BoardEffect published a research report titled “U.S. Laws Governing Nonprofit Boards and Electronic Voting.”  The intent was to determine and demystify the legal parameters within which a board could use board portal technology to manage its voting procedures.  And it was a huge hit; more than four years later, we continue to see surprisingly widespread usage of the report.

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Gender Diversity On Boards & Why It Matters
August 10, 2016

Gender Diversity on Boards & Why it Matters

A diverse board of directors brings a range of perspectives and talent that synergizes the board as a whole entity. Many important discussions take place on boards. It’s the differing perspectives of board members that lessen the potential for group think and lead to well-rounded decisions.

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Calculating The Cost Savings Of A Board Portal Vs. Building In-House
August 1, 2016

Calculating the Cost Savings of a Board Portal vs. Building In-House

Last week a prospective client asked us how BoardEffect users typically measure organizational cost savings from using our product.  This is a relatively common question, which isn’t surprising given that virtually all organizations today operate with budget constraints. But this frequent and seemingly simple request implies a range of related questions centered around calculating Return on Investment (ROI).  In an effort to address this question completely but concisely, I’ve broken this into a two-part response.  The first post articulates a way to think about and justify the general cost of implementing a board portal versus the most common, “free” alternatives.  This second post offers a framework for comparing the cost of commercial off-the-shelf software versus the prospect of making a larger investment to build one’s own custom board portal solution.

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Trends In Quorums, Virtual Meetings, And Board Meeting Attendance
July 27, 2016

Trends in Quorums, Virtual Meetings, and Board Meeting Attendance

What happens when a board chair tries to counter low attendance at board meetings with shorter meetings? Even lower attendance, as a well-intended colleague once discovered. Turns out lack of time is not what causes board member absenteeism; in fact, volunteer leaders expect to invest time in the causes they champion — as long as that time seems well-spent.

Effective board and executive leaders know that meeting content must be meaningful in order to ensure the ongoing presence, participation, and engagement of board members. They create strategic agendas, ensure timely access to relevant information, foster generative discussions, and leverage the talent around the board table. They also know promoting attendance at board meetings isn’t just about content – policies play essential roles, too.

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Calculating The Cost Savings Of A Board Portal Vs. “Free” Options
July 25, 2016

Calculating the Cost Savings of a Board Portal vs. “Free” Options

Last week a prospective client asked us how BoardEffect users typically measure organizational cost savings from using our product.  This is a relatively common question, which isn’t surprising given that virtually all organizations today operate with budget constraints. But this frequent and seemingly simple request implies a range of related questions centered around calculating Return on Investment (ROI).  In an effort to address this question completely but concisely, I’ve broken this into a two-part response.  This first post articulates a way to think about and justify the general cost of implementing a board portal versus the most common alternatives.  The ensuing second post will offer a framework for comparing the cost of commercial off-the-shelf software versus building one’s own custom board portal solution.

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Effective Board Leadership:  A Few Takeaways
June 22, 2016

Effective Board Leadership: A Few Takeaways

While researching a recent blog post on the topic of “effective board leadership,” I came across an article called “Developing Leadership on Boards of Directors” by Barbara Miller and Jeanne Bergman from a 2008 edition of The Journal of Nonprofit Management.  While I don’t know the authors and wasn’t previously familiar with their work, I would encourage people to check it out and read it from start to finish.  That said, it is fairly extensive, and I thought it would be helpful for me to summarize some of my main takeaways from this thoughtful piece:

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HIPAA COMPLIANCE AT BOARDEFFECT
May 18, 2016

HIPAA COMPLIANCE AT BOARDEFFECT

Healthcare Providers face several challenges when selecting and using the services of an outside / third-party vendor that could potentially be in the position of having access to individuals’ ePHI (electronic Protected Health Information).  As of December 2015, BoardEffect achieved HIPAA compliance, benefiting organizations that are required to safeguard this information under these guidelines.

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Board Governance Models: A Comprehensive List
April 19, 2016

Board Governance Models: A Comprehensive List

Operating a business in today’s society is increasingly complex and full of risks. The complexity of the business world, combined with the current unstable economic climate, places elevated demands on boards of directors in the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. These are just a couple of reasons that boards need to select a board governance model that aligns their work with the goals of the organization.

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