Faith-based Hub News: 2019Jan22

At our January 22nd hub we began by looking at the Executive Limitation where the CEO is not allowed to create obligations over a longer term than revenues can be safely projected.

  • There are template policies and policies that may be acquired from another organization. Do not just automatically implement them unless you know what they mean.
  • It may be that there are other organizations using policies that don't apply to your organization
  • On the other hand, you will want to find out why that policy is used. It may have implications that you have not considered.
  • In this case it may apply to defined benefited pensions, which are not usual in a faith-based organization
  • Just as the CEO can use any reasonable interpretation of the Ends and Executive Limitation policies, so the Chair/CGO can use any reasonable interpretation of the Board Process and Board-Management Delegation policies
  • One hub member has written her reasonable interpretations for the Board Process and Board-Management Delegation policies
  • It's important to remember that all the policies work together, so all the policies need to be considered together
  • Ask your board what fundamental value is behind each of the policies. For example, what Board value is expressed by the policy that talks about not spending more than the organization receives.
  • In reference to the policy where the CEO cannot unnecessarily expose the organization, its board or staff to claims of liability, consider adding the phrase "…or risk the organization's non-profit status."
  • This led to a discussion on risk, including the risks facing faith based organizations that embrace values that are contrary to societal values of inclusiveness.

This hub offered three subjects for future hubs:

  • What is the board's involvement in fundraising?
  • How do we ensure that future boards will continue the use of Policy Governance?
  • How does good succession planning for a board look like?


At our next month's hub, Tuesday February 26th at 10:30 CST we will begin by talking about the board's involvement in fundraising. If you have had experience with your board's role in fundraising, we would love to have you join us. Any questions or input is so welcome.

Here's how you can join:

  • From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/906321952
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  • Or Telephone:
    • Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    • US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
    • Meeting ID: 906 321 952
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Regards, Ted Hull, Consultant

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