Q: Our organization is a smaller non-profit. We are considering creating a junior board, or leadership council more likely, and wanted to see if you had an opinion on if there was a threshhold for when the timing was right to do this. We are a staff of four FTEs and a part-time person.
Kelly in Washington, DC
A: You are wise to consider your existing staff workload before launching such a group. Boards and committees take a lot of time, and starting a new one, even more so. Clarify your intention for this new board. What will you want them to do? How do you see them contributing long-term to the growth and development of your organization? If you are hoping to use this group to groom potential board members, what exactly will you do to engage them?
For many groups utilizing the Benevon Model, a natural fit for such a group could be helping to engage the broader community, spreading the word by being Ambassadors, and hosting Point of Entry Events once per year. There may be other roles and responsibilities (like serving on a committee or volunteering their time for other things), but asking each member of this new group to become an Ambassador would allow them to contribute something so valuable to your organization: the ability to get the word out!
Thanks for your interest in the Benevon Model!