Project Title

Effective Strategies for Organizing and Implementing an Advisory Board Operating Within a Larger System of Advisory Boards

Presenters

Joseph LochFollow

Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Social Work and Human Services

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Rodriguez

Additional Faculty

Britt Pickering, Department of Geography and Anthropology, bpicker1@kennesaw.edu

not approved yet

Abstract (300 words maximum)

An advisory board is a collection of people from the community that meet with an organization to provide brainstorming, advice, and counsel that is guided by the needs of the organization. Various organizations utilize advisory boards to maximize their potential. In fact, hundreds of advisory boards across the United States have participated in research studies to narrow their purposes and characteristics. Among this research, a gap has emerged. Research has yet to observe the best strategies for implementing and operating an advisory board within a larger system of advisory boards. This project was designed to create and implement an advisory board for OwlSwap Sustainability Initiative, a nonprofit operating within the larger network of advisory boards under Kennesaw State University. To complete this task, an official set of bylaws and board member agreement contracts will be made. Once the advisory board is in regular session, data will be collected from each member of the advisory board through surveys and interviews asking about their experiences on the advisory board and how it compares to other boards they have served on. Conclusions will include documentation of new ideas, successes, and failures, as well as comparisons between OwlSwap’s effectiveness before and after the formation of their first advisory board.

Keywords: advisory boards, committees, higher education, nonprofit organizations, bylaws, community

Project Type

Event

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Effective Strategies for Organizing and Implementing an Advisory Board Operating Within a Larger System of Advisory Boards

An advisory board is a collection of people from the community that meet with an organization to provide brainstorming, advice, and counsel that is guided by the needs of the organization. Various organizations utilize advisory boards to maximize their potential. In fact, hundreds of advisory boards across the United States have participated in research studies to narrow their purposes and characteristics. Among this research, a gap has emerged. Research has yet to observe the best strategies for implementing and operating an advisory board within a larger system of advisory boards. This project was designed to create and implement an advisory board for OwlSwap Sustainability Initiative, a nonprofit operating within the larger network of advisory boards under Kennesaw State University. To complete this task, an official set of bylaws and board member agreement contracts will be made. Once the advisory board is in regular session, data will be collected from each member of the advisory board through surveys and interviews asking about their experiences on the advisory board and how it compares to other boards they have served on. Conclusions will include documentation of new ideas, successes, and failures, as well as comparisons between OwlSwap’s effectiveness before and after the formation of their first advisory board.

Keywords: advisory boards, committees, higher education, nonprofit organizations, bylaws, community