Working with Boards of Directors


In the private as well as the public sector, volunteer boards of directors are being increasingly recognized as contributors to the success of family planning organizations. Organizations that work with a formal board of directors, or a less formal advisory or managing board can benefit from the broadened vision, experience, and skills that a board provides.

All boards of directors have smiliar roles and responsibilities. A board of directors can help an organization plan its strategy and make critical decisions; provide effective financial oversight to ensure the stability of the organization; serve the interests of the community and government; and influence public policy in ways that promote the mission and goals of the organization.

This issue of The Family Planning Manager examines the major roles and responsibilities of volunteer boards and provides advice on how executive directors and board members can create productive working relationships and jointly guide the organization toward achieving its goals. A special supplement to this issue, the Pocket Guide for Improving Board Performance, provides guidelines and checklists designed specifically to help board members carry out their responsibilities and to strengthen the effectiveness of the board as a whole.