I fail

One post a day was not possible. But I have many excuses. Regardless I am trying again. But I think I’ll try one a week because I went to a conference about social networking and I heard at least two people say that this is a realistic goal.

Things going on –

Professionally – It’s the holiday time at work and we’re slowly getting into the spirit. We have a Christmas Tree that needs to be put up and a thank you party for those that have made special contributions to our organization in the past year.

Improv Hobby – Board members found and I received the Articles that I need to file with the DCCA and that has been sent out. A copy of the bylaws was created for us and now we have to have a meeting with our board to okay all these things we are trying to do for the Incorporation.

Improv shows – Peas, Branes, Burritos has successfully done two nights of shows at Laughtrack Theater and may be looking at continuing on through December and January. The “Fishbone” is a longform that involves following an action that has a direct effect on the following scene. It is only one scene removed and Jennifer Waihee is to thank for being the main brain behind this idea. Our opening, we have to thank Jeff Griggs for. Our opening is a popcorning idea/google search idea. We take a random suggestion and give statistics and facts off of each others information.
Opening Example would be: Money
A: The US is currently 1 trillion dollars in debt.
B: The US is a world power.
C: Another world power is Japan.
D: In Tokyo, Japan you can buy a toupee for your dog.
E: Dogs are color blind. . . .
Longform Example would be:
Scene 1: Ralph our dog is peeing on the floor and I want it to be an outdoor dog, but my husband Mike doesn’t want him outside because it’s not safe. Mike looks out the window and shuts it quickly.
Scene 2: Two girls outside the house see him look out the window. One of the girls has a crush on him and waits daily for a glimpse of him through the window. This is the first time that she has brought her friend Megan to prove to her that he exists.
Scene 3: Megan is late for a double date with her boyfriend and his friend to whom this is actually a blind date with a friend of Megan’s.

and so on and so on . . .

Board update

Woohoo, we have the board count that we need, plus one. They recommend keeping the numbers odd though, so we might need to hold out for one more. So far I have to admit that our board is female-heavy. Not that it’s bad, but where are the guys?

Next step to worry about, what does the board have to do? As we’ve said before this board’s purpose is to specifically help with organizing the start up needed for a pre-non profit. Our board will be helping with the preliminary needs so we can live up to our non-profit hopes and dreams, aka – the mission.

So far, the site Suite101.com has been pretty helpful on basic information for boards. I’ll probably be passing it on . . . .

Non-profit Board Responsibilities

Overview of Non-profit Board Governance

© Estela Kennen

A non profit’s board of directors has several important responsibilities to fulfill. This article reviews basic non-profit board governance.

A board of directors is the governing body of a non-profit organization. It has many serious responsibilities, which can be loosely categorized as follows:

1. Setting the policy for the organization. This is done by:

  • Creating or updating the mission and vision statements.
  • Determining the organization’s programs and services.
  • Approving the strategic plan.

2. Monitoring the organization’s operations:

  • Hiring and periodically evaluating the organization’s executive director.
  • Working with and providing support to the executive.
  • Approving the annual budget, annual report, etc.
  • Approving major contracts and grants.
  • Soliciting and reviewing program evaluations.
  • Troubleshooting as necessary.

3. Serving as a public figure for the organization

  • Fundraising, by directly donating to the non-profit and soliciting donations from others.
  • Advocating for the organization.

4. Fulfilling other board responsibilities

  • Documenting policies and decisions to create an organizational memory.
  • Preparing for and attending board meetings.
  • Researching and discussing issues before decisions are made.
  • Replacing and orienting board members when a vacancy arises.

A board of directors also has certain legal obligations, known as duties. While the details may vary from state to state, here are some common legal responsibilities for members of non-profit boards to:

  • Take reasonable care when making decisions for the organization (called “duty of care”)
  • Act in the best interest of the organization (called “duty of loyalty”)
  • Act in accordance with the organization’s mission (called “duty of obedience”)
  • Stand aside when there is a conflict of interest (called “recusal”)

While there a board has many responsibilities, there are also things it should avoid. Basically, board members should avoid being over- or under-involved. More specifically, the board of directors should not:

  • Concern itself with the day-to-day management of the organization. That is the executive director’s job.
  • Rubber stamp decisions. While the board should take the recommendations of the organization’s director, staff, and members into consideration, the board needs to be an independent decision-making body.

Read more: http://non-profit-governance.suite101.com/article.cfm/nonprofit_board_responsibilities#ixzz0W0m4SSLi

Sites to help you form non-profits

The Foundation Group offered a September pro bono special to help wannabe non-profits fill out their paperwork to get to the non-profit 501c3 point. The costs after that are pretty high but they would be doing all the heavy lifting. Currently we’re trying to get them to help us with the paperwork up to that point – pro bono only. We just want to get things moving. All we need now is to get the board situation taken care of. The board needs to have at least 5 because the majority of the board members need to be un-related (familial or through marriage), which means if we have two people married to each other (which there are) the other three need to not be related.