The structure of your board is what lets it make sound decisions. The meeting of the board usually begins with a call-to-order in which the chairperson greets all attendees, introduces new members and announces the mission and vision of the company. The next step is often to review and approve the previous meeting minutes, which gives the board a foundation of knowledge about what the company’s position is.

After the board has discussed the previous performance, it’s now time to look ahead to the future with strategies that will increase awareness of nonprofits, increase the number of members and donors and create fundraising opportunities and convert ideas into actionable actions for each department. Senior management should share their ideas for growth during this section of the meeting and solicit feedback from the executive team. The board should then agree on a strategy that can be implemented within the timeframe given.

It is also a good opportunity to look at any obstacles such as budgetary issues or time constraints which could hinder the implementation of your strategy. The board must work together to come up with solutions that allow the company to overcome these hurdles and move forward.

The meeting’s first hour is usually reserved for any announcements, congratulations messages, or condolences attendees may have. Also, it includes important changes to the following session’s agenda. After the meeting, the chairperson usually concludes the meeting by stating the time of the meeting to ensure that the secretary can write the time in the minutes.