Board Operations and Systems

Help GBYM Create or revise one of their board’s operations to support effective and impactful governance.
Silver Spring, MD, USA
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Silver Spring, MD, USA


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Posted January 11th

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What We Need
  • Assessment of existing board procedure, policy, set of guidelines, or system
  • Creation of one document outlining one procedure, policy, operations, or set of guidelines, for example: bylaws, board meeting procedure, succession planning guidelines, committee policies, board member orientation handbook, etc.
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Additional Details

We have revised our By-Laws with a focus on racial equity and on modernizing our practices. We need a qualified corporate or nonprofit attorney to review our document and check for weak points or risks.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have revised By-Laws ready for review, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a Governance Committee, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $10,298 , allowing us to focus on supporting our students and families during the national crises currently and to produce media arts in collaboration with high school student advocacy groups.

We have revised our By-Laws for the first time in many years and need a legal review of the document to be sure there are no legal weak points or exposed risks.

Project Plan

Prep: Provide Current Materials
  • Volunteer Manager further contextualizes the specific procedure, system, or operations to be created or updated from this project
  • Volunteer Manager provides Volunteer with the board’s current list of board members, governance policies, procedures, and resources
  • Volunteer Manager shares longer term goals for their board
  • Volunteer Manager identifies which (if any) board members or other staff are available for interviews
Milestone 1: Research
  • Volunteer reviews relevant materials regarding the board’s performance, operations, policies, and procedures
  • Volunteer connects with Volunteer Manager for a brainstorming/overview session
  • Volunteer Manager identifies challenges with current board dynamics and procedures
Milestone 2: Evaluation
  • Volunteer conducts surveys and interviews with key stakeholders
  • Volunteer assesses challenges identified in research
  • Volunteer drafts the document outlining challenges assessed, suggestions for stronger operations, and recommended procedural changes
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback on Volunteer’s document
Milestone 3: Delivery of Document
  • Volunteer delivers final document outlining recommendations for more effective operations and language for procedural document
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Our Mission

GBYM seeks to give young people the confidence to speak up, the tools to express themselves, and the platforms to promote their stories, for the greater good.