Committees are essential components of a charity Board’s structure, enabling it to function efficiently, harness the expertise of its members, and address the diverse needs of the organization. By dividing tasks and responsibilities among committees with a focus on members’ competencies, a charity Board can maximize its impact and achieve its mission more effectively.
- Specialization and Expertise: Committees allow Board members to focus on specific areas of expertise or interest, such as finance, fundraising, governance, marketing, or program development. This specialization ensures that critical aspects of the charity’s work receive the attention and expertise they require.
- Delegation of Responsibilities: Charity Boards often have a wide range of responsibilities, and committees help distribute these responsibilities more effectively. By delegating tasks to committees, Board members can avoid becoming overwhelmed and ensure that every important aspect of the charity’s work receives adequate attention.
- Efficiency and Productivity: Committees can work independently on their assigned tasks, leading to increased efficiency and productivity. Smaller groups can often make decisions more quickly and take swift action on specific initiatives, helping the charity achieve its goals more effectively.
- In-Depth Analysis: Committees provide a platform for in-depth analysis and discussion of specific issues or projects. This allows for a thorough examination of potential challenges, opportunities, and strategies, ultimately leading to better decision-making.
- Diverse Perspectives: Committees often consist of board members, staff, and external experts who bring diverse perspectives to the table. This diversity of thought can lead to more innovative solutions and well-rounded strategies for addressing the charity’s needs.
- Accountability: Committees are accountable for their specific areas of responsibility. This accountability helps ensure that goals are met, resources are effectively utilized, and progress is tracked and reported to the full board.
- Engagement and Involvement: Committee work provides an opportunity for Board members to become more engaged and involved in the charity’s operations. This can lead to a deeper understanding of the organization’s work and a stronger commitment to its mission.
- Capacity Building: Committees can serve as a valuable training ground for emerging leaders within the Board. Members can gain experience in specific areas, which can be beneficial for succession planning and board development.
- Resource Mobilization: Committees focused on fundraising and development can play a crucial role in identifying potential donors, crafting fundraising strategies, and mobilizing resources to support the charity’s mission
- Risk Management: Committees, such as those focused on compliance, governance, or risk management, help the board identify and mitigate potential risks, ensuring the charity’s long-term sustainability.
As committees support the work of the organization, they have a number of task to implement.
- The committee takes the required time to review matters and debate appropriately.
- Committee Chairs prepares agendas and ensure pre-reads are sent ahead of time, and ensures agenda items fall within the committee charter.
- The committee Chair provides a summary of the committee meeting discussions at the following Board meeting.
- When appropriate, committees may propose motions for the Board’s consideration.
Current Committees (the Executive Director(s) will provide a complete list and description of all committees for Board members to review):
- Budget & Finance
- Human Resources
- Nominating & Board Development
- Audit & Risk Management
Community Engagement & Sustainability
- Fund Development – Planning & Review
- Philanthropic & Corporate Gifts
- Marketing & Communications
- Alumni Engagement BBBS HRM Foundation Board – ReNew
- Strategy & Planning (ReNew)
- Marketing & Communications (ReNew)
- Bowl for Kids Sake
- Golf for Kids Sake
- Strategy & Governance
- Accreditation/Quality Assurance
- Government Relations
- Service Delivery Advisory Council