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Top 5 ways to keep your board engaged with the ground work of your organization

5. Give your board a "guided tour" of your annual report or any document that outlines staff work; not just the metrics or financials, but supporting anecdotes and details for your programming.

4. Bite-sized staff member reports. Fold in two minutes to each board meeting with a snapshot of what a staff member has achieved, is working on, and is looking forward to.

3. Get clear on what your org offers each board member. Make sure you're helping board members meet their personal goals, whether that's learning a new skill, developing a new relationship, or connecting disparate parts of their own network.

2. Bring a photographer into your organization for the day to document client-facing work, behind-the-scenes work, and other interactions. Not only will you have something far better than stock photos for your website, but you'll have powerful images to share with your board, funders, and other stakeholders.

1. On-site visits. Especially if you're a direct service provider of any kind, facilitate a window of time where your board can be present while your team is working with your clients.

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