Is it just me or is there growing momentum for non-profits to reduce their board size? Maybe boards have been bitten by the spring cleaning bug!
There are pros and cons for different board sizes - here is a breakdown.
I’m sure there are other pros and cons from your own board experiences. If you are hoping that I can provide the optimal number of directors, unfortunately, there is no magic number. Each organization needs to determine the right size for their own unique non-profit.
It is important for boards to assess board size strategically and to determine how best to leverage the experience and skillsets required. Before committing to reducing board compositions, boards should explore the root cause for making the change as the answer may be related to other issues.
Regardless of the board size you go with …
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a group of determined people can change the course of history.” - Sonia Johnson
As always, if you need help with any governance projects, don't hesitate to reach out!
Yours in Good Governance,
Heather Terrence, CAE
Pinpoint Governance Group