- A committee is best composed of three people, with one who is always sick and another who is always absent.
- A committee is composed of people who individually can do nothing, who come together to conclude that nothing can be done.
- The difference between a good committee and a bad committee is that a good committee sleeps standing up and a bad committee sleeps horizontally
- A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours (Milton Berle)
- Having served on various committees, I have drawn up a list of rules: 1) Never arrive on time; this stamps you as a beginner. 2) Don’t say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise. 3) Be as vague as possible; this avoids irritating the others. 4) When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed. 5) Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular; it’s what everyone is waiting for. (Greater Kansas City Medical Bulletin)
Laugh at the jokes. However, the facts are:
- Committees are appointed by the board of directors, which is the first step to transform ideas into action
- Committees are indispensible
- Committees are the mechanism to ensure that management decisions and actions to become and/or lead to results.
- Committees would be better called or imaged as "task forces"
- Standing Committees (permanent committee): Executive (steering) committee, Audit committee, and a Finance (resources) committee.
Executive (steering) committee is typically made up of: The Chairman and few other "key" board members. The "key" board members are the "movers" and "shakers" of the organization.
- Resource Committee: This is the source of ideas to ensure the resource and cash needs of the nonprofit organization for operating, investing and financing activities throughout the year.
- Ad Hoc Committee (task forces): This committee is appointed by the Board Chair to deal with a specific issue and is dismissed when the issue is resolved.
- Project(s) Committee: This committee is to carry out and monitor a particular fundraising event, or community project from start to finish.