The Role of Non-Profit Board Chairs


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The chair of the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization has very specific leadership responsibilities. This tool spells out those responsibilities. Board chairs can use this tool to help clarify their role and adjust their focus accordingly. (1 page)

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The Role of Non-Profit Board Chairs

Facilitator of Board meetings

  • The chair should determine the agenda for Board meetings in consultation with the executive director, committee chairs, and other officers as needed. The chair should make sure that the Board of Directors focuses on those issues and topics that belong to the Board to decide and deliberate. The agenda should provide for lively interaction and discussion – not updates and reports.
  • The chair should always…

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