I am 15 minutes into a nonprofit board meeting and I look around the table to take note of the talent represented -- diverse, busy, expensive talent. Wondering how much each person charges for an hour of his or her time, I add up $150, $250, $95, $300, circling the table for a total guesstimate of $2000.
Huh, I wonder whether our organization would have paid $500 for the last 15 minutes of getting everyone up to speed?
In that moment, the concept of best use of a board member’s limited time and great talent crystallized for me.
Fast forward a year. Different job, working with a different board. I’m on the phone with Christy Kim. She is the 2017 Board President for the Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association (RWHRMA) in North Carolina.
“Our board position terms are officially one year, so to be effective we need a place to be organized and a platform to help keep our meetings strategic. We need something to make handoffs easier from one board officer to the next.” Kim tells me over the phone. “And we need a tool to fit the working methods and technical abilities of different generations -- Millennials, Gen-Xers, and Boomers.”
I’m talking with Kim because I now work for Boardable, an Indianapolis-based startup that is building board management software. It is software that is cloud-based, so it can be used on any computer or device, and born in the heyday of user-experience (UX) design, so it’s intuitive to use. No need for an IT office or specially-trained administrator.
Mission, Membership, Mastery
Based on Boardable’s experience, top performing nonprofit boards understand the Human Resource adage Mission, Membership, Mastery doesn’t apply only to employee engagement; it applies to board engagement. Boardable was built to leverage engagement, keeping these three key concepts at the forefront.
In the top right-hand corner of the Boardable dashboard is an announcements box, where the organization’s mission, impact elevator pitch, or updates can be a handy reminder for board and committee members. Mission and mission-related activities are kept top of mind.