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Tips For Effective Community Healthcare Board Meetings Before And After

Tips for Effective Nonprofit Healthcare Board Meetings: Before and After


While board meetings often receive significant attention, the essence of effective governance goes beyond the confines of the board table. Just as the impact of a nonprofit organization isn’t solely determined by the glitz and glamour of a fundraising gala, the success of healthcare board operations relies on what happens before and after each board meeting.

As a nonprofit healthcare board administrator, you know that effective boards benefit from a clearly outlined sequence of steps that occur before every board meeting. Both staff and board members should be responsible for defined tasks, such as preparing financial data or reviewing the budget draft.

Indeed, as noted by Nonprofit Hub, “the meeting starts before the meeting.” Preparation starts with the collection and distribution of financials, reports and any other materials that should be reviewed prior to your healthcare board meeting.

Early access gives directors time to take notes, prepare questions, and familiarize themselves with all the information. It also eliminates the potential for surprise, which can thwart productivity in meetings.

Planning a Seamless Volunteer Board Meeting

A well-planned meeting enables the board to work more effectively. When meetings are carefully prepared ahead of time, they move along more productively and efficiently. The meeting should run so seamlessly that board members will not even be aware of how much preparation has gone into the meeting.

The board secretary is often the unsung hero, but board members do appreciate a meeting that is well planned. Using a checklist will help you prepare more effectively and cut down the time that is needed to prepare for the next meeting.

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From preparing the meeting space to organizing equipment, providing refreshments, preparing board packets and conducting follow-ups, a lot goes into the planning of a board meeting.

Streamlining your board meeting prep process will save you a lot of time and stress.

Top Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Next Healthcare Board Meeting

Brian Lauterback, Founder & Practice Director at The Nonprophet Fundraiser Group, points out that, “Systematically preparing for your next meeting not only eliminates some major stress; it can actually improve your organization’s overall performance and impact.”

He offers some very handy tips and advises board administrators to:

  • Prepare and distribute meeting minutes to all board members and appropriate organizational leadership within 24 hours after each board meeting.
  • Prepare the next meeting agenda by using a template that includes standard board meeting procedures (for example, approval of previous minutes and consent items).
  • Use action items from the prior board meeting, along with the strategic plan and upcoming calendar items, to generate a “complete but tentative mission-driven agenda” for the next meeting.
  • Review action items with board members throughout the month to ensure completion before the next meeting.
  • Prepare packets and use online resources to improve communications between board meetings. Such tools also serve as an easily accessible place to compile vital documents.

Another important step to take after board meetings? Recognizing and thanking board members for their efforts. Appreciation fosters more engagement and participation, which in turn leads to more effective meetings.

Effective Board Governance Is an Ongoing Process

Of course, board meetings are an essential aspect of good governance, but remember they are a culmination of the tremendous effort that precedes them, as well as a precursor to the work that follows. Effective board governance is an ongoing process that requires more than good meetings.

Have you considered a board management solution to manage your governance and streamline your board operations? With BoardEffect, you can automate board meeting processes, such as meeting preparation, minute taking, document sharing and collaboration.

BoardEffect, a Diligent solution, leads in providing innovative boardroom technology to nonprofit organizations. Serving over 14,000 mission-driven organizations, Diligent empowers boards with tools to drive positive change. Our secure board management software streamlines operations, enhances governance practices, and enables confident decision-making. With BoardEffect, mission-driven organizations unlock potential, accelerate mission delivery, and make lasting impact in their communities.

Jill Holtz

Jill is a Content Strategy Manager at Diligent. Her strategy background and content expertise working across a variety of sectors, including education, non-profit and with local government partners, allows her to provide unique insights for organizations looking to achieve modern governance.

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