Recently, I ran into a nonprofit organization that had been around for over 20 years – but they were never implemented the deadlines for their control. As a result, few people had been on board since the agency began. This “old timers” ran the organization and newly appointed members were not able to contribute much of anything new. Needless to say, the organization was stagnant and inflexible and had lost ground year after year. Newer members were frustrated because they were unable to contribute to the organization in any meaningful way.
Word limits are important to the health board because they prevent one individual or group of sweet spirit of the organization. They ensure that new ideas and techniques are explored – something that is essential to the success of any organization. Everyone is forced from the board end. If your controller does not have a time limit, I suggest you start thinking about them now. You can easily incorporate it into a table by taking these three steps:
1. Add the time limit to accept. 2. Have specific terms in your “Expectations board” when you hire. 3. Decide on a fair way to apply term limits to current members.
Add time limit on your acceptance . The approved to be included term limits for each board. I think the 3-year term (renewable for a second three-year term) is a good length of time to serve on the board. Less than three years and the board is now to start when it’s time to go. More than 3 years and commitment seems daunting and may discourage new board candidates from agreeing to join
Here’s some language that you can use in your statutes .. “Board members serve three-year terms in at the end of the first period, it will be possible to renew another 3-year term if both the board and management are eager to continue. Management Development Committee works with each member at the end of their time to determine if they want to renew the board or their not. “
Have time limit in your” expectations of board members. “ When recruiting new members, with a one-page summary of your expectations helps clear commitment that potential members are asked to do. You can explain the time commitment, when and where the meetings are held, it is expected the annual contribution and the time limit for joining us members.
Here is some wording that other nonprofits have used relating to time limits “commit initially to three years (unless otherwise noted) It may be possible to extend this period if you are encountering needs XYZ Non-Profit and Non-Profit XYZ is your encounter .. “
determined in a fair way to apply term limits to the current board. This is often the hardest things to implement. In some cases, boards have members who have been involved with the organization for many years and they are loathe to leave. Management Development Committee is working on this project. Your goal is to get 1/3 of the Board to agree to be in one year, 1/3 of the Board to agree to be in 2 years and 1/3 of the board to hold on for 3 years.
First, ask each member privately (or secret ballot) if they have a choice whether they want to stay on for one, two or three years. If 1/3 of the board are interested in terms ending in each of the next three years, you’re all right. If you need to move some people around, then you can talk privately to see if they are willing to change. If not, you can draw straws to see who stays for a longer or shorter time
Finally, everyone needs to be aware of these decisions -. And you should display the “end-of-term dates” for each person on board your roster. If you are new help, do not forget to include the time limit in the bylaws devices. If you have an existing organization and allow the board to be around forever, start thinking about time limits and how they can best be applied to the company soon.