As is so often the case, the answer is “yes and no”.

Because of our unique structure to assure consumer control (which is required by the Rehabilitation Act as amended), our boards and councils are unique. Not very many non-profit boards are made up of people eligible for services. Because society lags behind, many of our members are serving on their first board, and need training in how to be on a board. As I have said many times, we (the Independent Living Movement) must assure opportunities for people with disabilities to serve on our boards, and other boards, too. Our website has some great training about and for boards and councils. Some of these are training around the history and philosophy of Independent Living, something the IL-Net has developed for all board and staff of CILs and SILCs. Some items, though, would fit almost any board. Here are a few more generic topics from an IL perspective:

Attract and Retain CIL Board Members

Financial Management (a key fiduciary responsibility)

Internal Controls

Marketing for CILs

Resource Development

Conducting Virtual Meetings

There are also a number of Internet sites that offer training to boards of non-profits in general. Here is an excellent one for Good Governance and Ethical Practice.

I have mentioned Blue Avocado before, but here is a great article about ethics from their perspective called Alligators in the Boardroom.

Board Advocacy is another great topic.

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the New Century CIL Blog as a source for lots of new ideas from around the web that can benefit your CIL or SILC. (A couple of these were borrowed from there.)

 

Are CIL Boards and SILCs different from other non-profit boards?

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