Good governance should be celebrated. It represents a significant achievement, one to recognize and reward. The gratification of contributing to a productive board that enables an organization to advance its mission is reward in itself, but those responsible for making it happen deserve a medal.

This formula is neither complex nor profound, but few organizations apply it consistently or thoroughly. Those that do, find that while effective governance takes time, flexibility, intention, and attention, it makes all the difference in the world to the nonprofit organization and to the community it serves.

Read more about the six essential ingredients for governance at BoardSource.