Board / Community Conversation: February 2021

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, February 8th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: What does “ensuring the organization’s integrity” look like re: Board Recruitment? Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Being an Integrity Board … Read more

Board / Community Meeting: January 2021

Please note: Meeting CANCELLED Due to extraordinary circumstances, among them this week’s violent coup attempt in the United States, we are postponing this month’s meeting. We will meet on this same topic on February 8th for our regularly scheduled meeting. Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, January 11th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific … Read more

December Board / Community Meeting December 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, December 14th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: What does “ensuring the organization’s integrity” look like in practice? Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Being an Integrity Board in … Read more

Values: Centering Social Justice and Racial Equity

About a year ago, our board determined its most important role would be to ensure the actions of the organization are walking the talk of our values… an Integrity Board. To that end, we first encoded that role into our bylaws, creating plain English bylaws that describe how decisions are made, by whom, and according … Read more

Board / Community Meeting: November 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, November 9th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topic: 1) The board’s role in ensuring the organization’s integrity Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are below. Note: if the meeting does not … Read more

Board / Community Meeting: October 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, October 12th, from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topics: 1) Walking the Talk of Racial Equity 2) The board’s role in ensuring the organization’s integrity Watch the meeting LIVE at this post. Just scroll to the very bottom of the page. Details about how to participate are … Read more

Celebrating and Moving Ahead: Board / Community Meeting July 2020

Creating the Future’s Board / Community Meeting: Monday, July 13th from 10am – 12pm Pacific time Topics: 1) Bylaws Guiding Documents for Accomplishing our Mission 2) Ensuring Racial Equity as an “Integrity Board” Logistics: The meeting will happen right here at this post. Details are below. Watch the meeting HERE on Monday. Just scroll to … Read more

The Five Missing Qualities Every Board Member MUST Have

By Susan Detwiler  We all know that getting the right board members around the table is crucial. That’s probably why there are thousands of articles and blog posts that talk about recruiting new board members. Some focus on the “attribute grid” or “board matrix,” or “skills grid.”  That’s the grid that helps you identify the skills and attributes you want on your … Read more

What Financial Conversations Could Be…It’s About More Than Money

At our most recent board meeting for Creating the Future, we took time to deeply explore the role financial management, reporting, and leadership should play in the organization. As a demonstration project exploring what could be possible for all boards, we spend a fair amount of time engaged in a process talking about process. I personally … Read more

Expectations of Board Members

During its December meeting (for context, see this post summarizing our November meeting, and this post announcing our upcoming January meeting), Creating the Future’s board addressed this question: What will it take for the board – and individual board members – to hold themselves accountable for accomplishing the organization’s mission? The result of that question … Read more