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Importance of a Code of Conduct for Your Board, Policy Council, & Tribal Council
Mel Gravely
12-September-2019

Importance of a Code of Conduct for Your Board, Policy Council, & Tribal Council

According to Sec 642(c) of the Head Start Act, all Head Start designees are required to have a formal structure for program governance, including the formation of a governing body and policy council. The section goes into detail about the responsibilities of the board and policy council, including the composition of each group and who…

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The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure
Mel Gravely
09-January-2019

The Three Entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure

We recently gave a free webinar on the three entities of Head Start/Early Head Start Program Governance Structure. (Sign up for our mailing list to receive notices about upcoming free webinars). In that webinar, we talked about the roles and responsibilities of each entity, as well as training and reporting requirements. Based on the questions…

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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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