Board Development

Board Development includes building and maintaining an effective board and engaged trustees. Both require sustained time and effort. The key is ensuring that the time and effort are invested where and how they are needed in order to be the most helpful.

The scope of assistance with board development will depend upon the particular combination of topics selected by each client from among the following:

  • Knowing and appreciating the differences between nonprofits and for-profits and their governance
  • Is the board primarily a working versus a governing board, and does it want to change the balance
  • To whom the board is legally accountable and for what
  • The other two areas of board responsibilities: functional and ethical
  • The expertise the board needs to have access to in order to fulfill its responsibilities
  • How prospective trustees are identified, vetted, recruited and on-boarded
  • How the board is structured in terms of its standing and ad hoc committees relative to the work of the nonprofit and its strategic aspirations
  • The relative effectiveness of the board and its meetings; the relative effectiveness of committee meetings and the relationship of the two.
  • The level of understanding and appreciation of the roles of the board and management in decision-making across different functional areas including finances, personnel, facilities, reporting requirements, policies and procedures.
  • The presence and effectiveness of periodic self-evaluations of the board and trustees
  • The importance of professional development opportunities for trustees
  • Trustees’ understanding of their roles and of what is expected of them in terms of time, effort and helping expand and deepen the financial strength of the nonprofit.
  • The relative level of engagement of trustees in meetings, discussions, fulfilling assigned tasks and being accessible to management for information and guidance.
  • The relative level of satisfaction trustees feel about their association with the nonprofit

There may be other topics, issues, problems or question unique to each nonprofit that should be included in the scope of the assistance.

 Ron Wormser brings to the process of board-development a unique combination of in-depth experience, thorough training, extensive knowledge of the subject, and an ability to understand, communicate and connect with the people and institutions that he is advising. He goes beyond the necessary first steps of analysis and structural recommendations, doing so by engaging creatively with his clients so that they see that board-development is more than a bureaucratic, governance/policing process, and is instead a vital and necessary element in the health, success, and prosperity of the organizations whose boards he is advising.
— Robert Nielsen, Former Nonprofit Organization Board Member and Finance Committee Chair and in the Corporate Sector, Board and Audit Committee Chairman, Company President and Senior Executive Officer, Corporate General Counsel, and Law Firm Partner


Ron offers workshops, consultancies, and coaching on board development.

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