Governing Board

5 Reasons for Good Board Development and Training
Mel Gravely
12-December-2017

5 Reasons for Good Board Development and Training

The most effective organizations invest in their boards, and encourage continual learning in the boardroom. But why board training? The Gravely Group works with a diverse range of clients in the early learning industry. Here are five reasons we feel it’s important to have good board development and training. It helps build the board Time…

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Successfully Staffing Your Non-Profit Board
Mel Gravely
29-November-2017

Successfully Staffing Your Non-Profit Board

Serving on a nonprofit board can be immensely rewarding. A common approach to staffing a nonprofit board is to invite seasoned business men and women who want to give back to the community. In this approach, business-savvy executives are expected to leverage their for-profit business success and replicate it at the nonprofit level. However, running…

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Creating an Effective Board is all in the Bylaws (VIDEO)
Mel Gravely
27-April-2017

Creating an Effective Board is all in the Bylaws (VIDEO)

Each organization should decide what is needed to be able to function well. Bylaws need to be impartial, that is, fair to all. Members play an important role in determining what the document contains; and they must be able to make changes, not on a whim, but in a manner that protects all members as…

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What is the Johnson Amendment and Why Should You Care?
Mel Gravely
15-March-2017

What is the Johnson Amendment and Why Should You Care?

A blog I follow frequently is from BourceSource, which describes itself as “a national organization working to strengthen nonprofit board leadership.” Recently, the President & CEO, Anne Wallestad, penned an article titled “Why Repealing the Johnson Amendment is a Bad Idea.” Wallestad writes about her experience in 2013, when she was part of a specially-commissioned…

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Advisory Committees: Are you in?
Mel Gravely
30-January-2017

Advisory Committees: Are you in?

One new and exciting part of the new Head Start Performance Standards is a section on Advisory Committees. Now remember, this is still part of the program governance section – 1301.2 Governing Body (aka your board). I quote: “Advisory committees. (1) A governing body may establish advisory committees as it deems necessary for effective governance…

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The Financial Oversight Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors
Mel Gravely
07-January-2017

The Financial Oversight Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors

The financial oversight responsibilities of a non-profit Board of Directors is to ensure that systems are in place to develop and safeguard the organization’s finances. In many cases, funders will want to know that an agency’s board is competent to oversee large grants and federal funds. As the ultimate authority over a non-profit’s mission, the…

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Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
09-November-2016

Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council

Training takes front and center stage in Head Start. In order to run a fully compliant Head Start program, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that plenty of training is needed. What does the governing body need to know? In Part 1301.5, I quote “An agency must provide appropriate training and technical assistance or orientation…

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Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training
Mel Gravely
08-August-2016

Benefits of Head Start Program Governance Training

You may ask what the benefits are of familiarizing Staff and Policy Council with the Head Start Act 2007 and the Program Governance. First, the Performance Standards was published in 1974 and revised in 1996 and again in 2015, with the most recent proposed changes scheduled to take effect in school year 2017.  The Performance…

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The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
06-June-2016

The Relationship between a Head Start Governing Body and Policy Council

The Head Start Act provides that Head Start agencies must “establish and maintain a formal structure for program governance, for the oversight of quality services for Head Start children and families and for making decisions related to program design and implementation.” This means the formation of both a Governing Body and a Policy Council. Governing…

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How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body
Mel Gravely
08-March-2013

How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body

“The Board of Directors bears the primary responsibility for your organization to fulfill its obligations to the law, its donors, its staff and volunteers, its clients, and the public at large.” – Principle for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, October 2007. “There is great difference between sitting on a…

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