Board Members’ Responsibilities

Non-profit organisations, from recreation centres to food banks to cancer charities, wouldn’t exist if not for the dedication of board members who volunteer. They are expected to perform their duties in the organization’s best interests and report any potential conflicts of interest that could affect objective decision making.

The most passionate, enthusiastic board members will be your greatest ambassadors and the most powerful advocates. They should proactively promote the organization in their professional and personal networks, attempting to ignite that same passion in others. This means making sure that they spread the word about your organization, attending events, and helping to support the mission through their donations.

As the board’s voice and eyes, they must examine and revise business strategies to ensure that they are robust, flexible and aligned with organization’s overarching goals. This often means taking stock of and reducing risks, such as operational, financial legal, reputational, and threats.

This is an essential responsibility for board members, and requires a lot of time and effort. The board must be able to identify major areas of risk that require attention and place them in the context of the organization’s overall strategy.

The board must be aware of state-level “Sunshine Laws” and other regulations that affect the way that nonprofits conduct business and should be able to explain what these laws mean for the organization’s day-to-day operations. It is also essential that the board has an accurate understanding of the company’s tax status and the ramifications.

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