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The Importance of Board Culture

It must have aligned vision and goals

Nonprofit leaders often spend time thinking about and supporting a healthy organizational culture based on common values and shared expectations. But while culture is typically focused on the staff, board culture, which is a subset of organizational culture, can be an afterthought.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has a comprehensive article that defines and outlines what culture means and how to cultivate it.

“An organization’s culture defines the proper way to behave within the organization. This culture consists of shared beliefs and values established by leaders and then communicated and reinforced through various methods, ultimately shaping employee perceptions, behaviors and understanding. Organizational culture sets the context for everything an enterprise does.”

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