Topics that might stimulate a discussion of values could include grant making guidelines, program selection or operation activities, participation decisions, types of gifts you will or won't accept, and even discussion of what your organization holds most dear.
Many board members are surprised to find that they aren't all in agreement about shared values. It may result more from the absence of conversation at the board meetings than absolute differences. An organization's value statements are the bedrock on which it is built, and the guide to keep board and staff moving in the same direction. This topic should help the board members begin to create the open and trusting atmosphere at the meetings that will strengthen both the organization and their commitment to its success.
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