Board Decision-Making Models

Nonprofit boards have a lot of flexibility to adopt or design decision-making models that align with their culture and values, promote inclusion, and foster shared power and leadership. Some organizations have received the message that following the particularly formal Robert’s Rules of Order model of parliamentary procedure is required, but it is not, and even organizations that use Robert’s Rules may have adapted or simplified the approach to better suit their needs. The following articles describe a number of variations on how boards may make decisions.