TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Overview of Groups

II. Purpose of Groups

III. Advantages of Boardable Groups


I. Overview of Groups

A group within Boardable consists of a number of individuals who share objectives, have a need to collaborate on a specific topic / action, or are part of a specific committee. Groups allow an organization to divide the work into manageable areas utilizing the skills and talents of individuals.

Some examples of typical groups within an organization would be:

  • Financial Planning

  • Fundraising

  • Governance

  • Nominating

  • Community Relations

  • Programs

Groups may also be task forces or ad hoc committees; a group can be anything that helps a board accomplish its overall goals. Groups will have goals and objectives, require meetings, discussions, share documents, and will include a group of people that must work together regardless of their geographic locations.

Please refer to Related Articles for additional information on creating groups in Boardable.

II. Purpose of Groups

Groups are an easy way to structure and mange a board's work. Part of Boardable's mission is to increase board member engagement; groups assist with participation by involving members in a very direct way. Groups perform in-depth scrutiny and focused attention on a specific area of concern. This can be accomplished through utilizing groups as follows:

  • Clear description of the group and why it is formed

  • A Group Owner who

    • Is capable of involving group members

    • Understands the group's purpose

    • Establishes an evaluation process for the group's achievements

  • Group Admins who

    • Are committed to assisting the Group Owner

    • Understand their role within the group

  • Overall group members / admins / owner who are

    • Committed and willing to spend the time needed to accomplish their tasks

    • Understand time constraints and deadlines

    • Understand role within greater organization (advisory only, task force, information gathering, etc.)

III. Advantages of Boardable Groups

Groups help create a more connected and accountable board, which makes every part of an organization stronger.

  • Provides a sense of being part of the full board, avoids feelings of isolation

  • Focused and efficient in dealing with issues

  • Ease of creating meetings by checking off a group or groups to attend rather than individuals

  • Members of a group are included in future group activities (such as meetings, discussions, polls) and notifications

  • Centralized information - all information regarding a particular group (committee, team, fundraisers, etc.) is visible and accessible from the group's page

    • Goals

    • Latest Activity

    • Meetings

    • Polls

    • Documents

    • Recent Discussions

    • Tasks

    • Members

  • Organizes information to make it easier for board members to multi-task

  • Easily track progress and actions of various committees

  • Assess load of an individual based on number of groups member is involved in


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