This tool spells out ten important responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors. Board members – and staff – can use this tool to make sure their boards stay on track. Keep in mind that the Board governs the organization – not individual Board members. Board members need to work together to fulfill these responsibilities.
See our related tool: “Five Habits of High-Performing Boards.”
Board Members Should:
- Select, Evaluate, and Support the CEO or executive director.
- Help focus the organization’s vision and goals.
- Monitor the organization’s progress in achieving its vision and strategic focus on a regular basis.
- Make sure the Board has clear goals and expectations for Board members (e.g. fund-raising).
- Monitor the Board’s success in meeting its goals.
- Attend Board meetings and be a leader in Board activities.
- Evaluate the Board’s structure and functioning on a regular, objective basis.
- Cultivate prospective Board members and develop the Board so it can effectively meet the organization’s needs.
- Ensure sufficient resources are on hand and that those resources are managed effectively.
- Contribute a lasting legacy to the organization and set a high bar for others to follow.
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