If you’re finding it hard to attract and retain smart and motivated volunteers to serve on your association board and committees, part of the problem could be your governance structure. Poor governance structure can leave members feeling undervalued, underused, bored, siloed, or even overwhelmed. According to an ASAE study*, these five actions have helped many associations create a more efficient and effective governance environment.
- Simplify bylaws and rely more on ad hoc task forces to bring flexibility (and speed) in decision making.
- Meet more often to maintain the pace of change. This may also involve video or teleconferencing.
- Use volunteers’ time more wisely, with more carefully structured meetings.
- Recruit and prepare board members more carefully to ensure that they bring more than just representative value.
- Invest in self-education and self-evaluation (e.g. leadership training and experience surveys).
* Associations Now, “Getting to Good Governance.”