Galvin and Associates

Commit to ongoing learning



All boards should set aside time in their schedule and a line item in their budget for ongoing board education. One approach is to set a goal of reading one book a year together as a board. The book can be about governance or about the field in which they are serving. Another approach is to invite a community leader or nonprofit leader to a meeting to update the board regarding changes in the relevant environment. Some boards are reluctant to buy books or hire a resource person for fear of being accused of spending money on themselves. Some boards resist because they feel too busy. But a small investment in board education can enhance the ability of the board to make a significant contribution to the organization. Isn’t that what boards are supposed to do?

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