How is your board doing? I bet I know the answer for most: they are over-extended, tired and burnt out. This past year, boards have been reliant on committees more than ever to get their work done.
Committees provide structure and allow flexibility so the board can adapt quickly to changing demands. Committees can sometimes make decisions on their own, but more commonly, they make recommendations to the board.
Committees can inform and educate the board on specific areas of concern and they can split up the board’s work into more manageable pieces. Because committees are typically smaller groups, they tend to be more focused and efficient in dealing with issues.
Committees should have a Terms of Reference (TOR) that describes the purpose, scope and authority of the committee. Typically the TOR is a written guide for the committee and contains clear and specific information on how the committee is organized, what the committee is trying to achieve, who the members are, and when and where they meet.
Below are the key components of a committee TOR. Each section should be customized to the unique needs of your own committee and non-profit.
Type (3 options):
Resources and budget:
As you can see, there are many important details to cover in a TOR. Having clearly defined TORs will help your organization’s committees to be more efficient and effective, which in turn will help to set your board up for success.
How are your committees doing? I would love to continue the conversation!
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