Recently what has been the perceived role of a board of directors has shifted from fundraising to governance and fiscal responsibility. I say perceived because legally governance and fiscal responsibility have always been the role assigned to boards of directors.
That sort of serious sounding focus really provides a disincentive to serving on a non-profit board. Think about how much more fun serving a non-profit would be if the focus was on playing board games!
Well, no that’s not quite what I meant.
This is a great learning resource that combines individual and group activities in an attempt to train board members in a manner that is both effective and enjoyable. They call their assessment tool “Pulse (because “test” is a scary word)”
The FUN webpage contains everything a nonprofit needs. There are instructions on how to use the resources; short videos with corresponding information kits board members can use to learn on their own time; BINGO cards for individual and group activities.
BINGO, by the way stands for Balance sheet, Income Statement, Nine-Ninety, Giving and Oversight – the main topic areas FUN covers.
As you might imagine from acronyms like FUN and BINGO, the program is designed with a game-like structure. Board members can learn the rules of the game/governance on their own. There are also game-like activities for board meetings to evaluate whether board members are comfortable with the financial reporting process.
Each video is short, the longest is 6 minutes, but informative. Board members shouldn’t entirely dread needing to review the information on their own. The videos are also useful for non-profit organization administration because they suggest ways reports can be formatted to make them easier for board members to review and understand.
While their portrayal of the 990 form as a place where all the flaws of the organization are inevitably laid bare is not entirely accurate, their focus on the opportunity to use it as a marketing tool to tell the organizational story emphasizes its importance and makes its completion feel like less of a chore.