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What is the role of a board of directors? How much say do they have? How involved in management should they be? Find the answers to these common questions in this section.

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  • Your Board...and How to Nail It

    A good board of directors is critical to the long-term success of any organization, but the formula for how to create one can seem like a complex equation. Understanding your organization's mission, as well as the role of the board and specific functions for each member, are key factors. Learn how to put an effective board together--and how to make sure it stays effective over the long-term.

  • The "101" Department: Helping Them Help You

    Your shelter’s board of directors, with their deep commitment to your cause, should be helping to boost your fundraising efforts. Here’s how to get them involved.

  • Deep in the Heart of Taxes

    The benefits of tax-exempt status are many, but the process of acquiring it can seem daunting—especially for small rescue or fostering groups. Learn what you need to do to approach the IRS and get that coveted 501(c)(3) status.

  • The 101 Department: "Board" to Tears

    In our first How Not To article, we outline steps sure to establish a dysfunctional board of directors that will ruin staff morale, fail to meet funding goals, and drive you crazy within six months.

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    This is an assessment tool designed to help private and public animal shelters run better by surveying employees and making specific recommendations based on survey results.

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