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New nonprofit board members are uncomfortable or unwilling to become active after joining the board because they are not sure about the hows of the board’s operations, and soon become disenchanted and uninvolved in important board operations. Nonprofit Board Members who understand how the board operates will be ready to govern effectively at their first board meeting, instead of being expected to learn as they go along, wasting their valuable time and talents when they could be actively participating in the board’s governance and strategy. How can this be accomplished? Creating a Board Operating Policies and Procedures Manual complements your organization’s bylaws by providing the details required to carry out the board’s operations, answers questions about process and procedures and clarifies roles and responsibilities. In fact, this material is the key to effective new board member orientation, clarifying the hows of the board’s operations.