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Committees Archive

The articles below have tons of good information and advice for chairing and managing committees. Whether it's functions or job descriptions or leadership advice, we have you covered. Find more helpful tools and info on the Committees resources page.

  • Successful Meetings: 14 Tips

    Done right, meetings help keep the group cohesive and on track. Done wrong, they can become a time pit and involvement killer.
  • From Controversy to Consensus

    The way you handle the decisionmaking process can determine whether a difficult issue grows into an acrimonious fight.
  • Build Support for New Ideas

    When members resist change, reduce the chance of conflict with patience and understanding.
  • Figuring Finances for Events

    How to build a simple cost model and estimate the start-to-finish finances for your group's new events.
  • How To Deal With Difficult People

    Whiners, Know-It-Alls, and Steamrollers: Strategies to cope with even the most hard-to-take personalities.
  • When You Feel Overwhelmed

    You don't have to choose between staying involved and staying sane; come back from the edge—and make burnout less likely to happen again.
  • Time: The New Currency for Volunteers

    Time is a precious commodity for today's overcommitted families. To get them involved, show them you understand and offer a variety of ways they can participate.
  • Meeting Minutes: Just the Facts

    Keeping complete and accurate minutes is an important legal obligation. Here's why certain types of information should—or shouldn't—be included.
  • Orienting New Members

    Help newbies hit the ground running by creating a welcoming atmosphere and giving them the opportunity and information they need to be able to contribute right away.
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