Board Meetings and Retreats
According to the 2017 BoardSource Leading With Intent Survey
results: "Board meeting time is a precious and limited resource, with most boards meeting for 2 hours or less each time they come together, and executives currently report that 38% of all meeting time is spent on routine reporting. The 2017 study found that — overall — board size has decreased slightly over the past 20 years, with the average board size currently at 15 individual members and the median board size at 13 (not including vacant seats). Download the full report for free
to see additional nonprofit board stats.
Based on data from ACCE's FY 2016 Operations Survey (via Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking
), Boards of Directors meet between 17 (25th percentile) and 35 (75th percentile) times per year, with the median (50th percentile) being 22 times, depending on the size of the chamber and the Board. CEOs and board chairs are often looking for good ideas to get more out of board meetings. The resources below will give you some ideas for board meetings, how to orient new board members to your process, and why board retreats may be just what your board needs when you have a pressing issue at hand.
Online Resources & Guides
Articles & Blogs
- When Transparency is a Burden - by Mark Athitakis, Associations Now (October 2016)
- How to Host a Successful Board Meeting - BoardSource blog (June 2016)
- Do You Really, Seriously Need a Board Retreat? - Article by Amy Eisenstein of Tri Point Fundraising (June 2015)
- The Integrated Agenda - Article by Robert C. Harris suggests ways to redesign board meeting agendas as a way to make meetings more productive and efficient (Spring 2014)
- 12 Tips for Leaders Planning Staff Retreats - Chamber blog from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce (Fla.) (June 14, 2011)
- Planning a Productive and Efficient Board Retreat - by Joan Cozart, M.Ed., Ed.S., and Joseph W. Cozart, Sr., Chamber Executive magazine (Winter 2008)
- Before, During, and After: Working Through the Phases of Strategic Planning - by Robert C. Harris, Chamber Executive magazine (January/February 2004)
Specific Topic: Board Orientation
- See more Board Orientation examples from ACCE's Samples Library and visit the Chamberpedia page on Board Composition and Responsibilities for board orientation handbooks and other guides.
- Jeopardy Board Orientation - The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association's (Colo.) board orientation has a Jeopardy theme which is very fun and educational at the same time. Jeopardy "think" music was played off an iPhone at the appropriate times.
- Board of Directors Leadership Orientation Presentation - Longview Chamber of Commerce's (Texas) presentation covers general information about the chamber and covers the key functions and responsibilities of the board of directors. (January 2014)
- The Cultural Challenge of Board Orientation - Article by Mark Athitakis, shares how orientation should cover the importance of openness along with the nuts and bolts, Associations Now (Nov. 2017).
- Associations Need Better Orientation for Board Members - Article by Mark Athitakis shares information on a 2017 survey by Heidrick & Struggles and George Mason University of more than 500 nonprofit board members which shows how a lack of formal onboarding processes hampers board effectiveness. Associations Now (October 2017)
- Orientation with Multiple Benefits - Article by Robert C. Harris discusses the benefits of orientation for chamber board members. The primary purpose of a board orientation is the transmission of information and documents, but there are numerous other benefits that result from the meeting. (Spring-Summer 2013)
- Board Orientation - Example video on board orientation from the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce (December 2013)
- Chamber Executive magazine articles:
Specific Topic: Agendas, Including Consent Agendas
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