What is a Board?

May 7, 2013

A group of dedicated, committed individuals who share their talent, time, and treasure to govern a nonprofit organization,  provide strategic leadership,  protect the public’s interest, and  enable the organization to achieve its mission.

Why do nonprofits have boards?

The law requires that community  members be present to hold the  nonprofit “in trust” to help  ensure that community needs are  represented and that funds are  spent wisely.

Formal Responsibilities of a Board:

  • Determine Mission and Purpose, and Advocate for Them
  • Select the Chief Executive
  • Support and Evaluate the Chief Executive
  • Ensure Effective Planning
  • Monitor and Strengthen Programs and Services
  • Ensure Adequate Financial Resources
  • Protect Assets and Provide Proper Financial Oversight
  • Build a Competent Board
  • Ensure Legal and Ethical Integrity
  • Enhance the Organization’s Public Standing

Resources from Board Governance 101:

Board Governance 101 – GNOF OE LANO BG 101 Presentation(updated September 2015)
Board Giving and Getting Pledge and Agreement – Download PDF here
Executive Director Evaluation – Download Template PDF here
Questions to Ask When Monitoring Programs – Download PDF here
Fund Development Committee Job Description – Download PDF here
Finance Committee Job Description – Download PDF here
Balance Sheet Cheat – Download Balance Sheet Instructions PDF here and the Balance Cheat Sheet PDF here
Board Building Cycle – Download PDF here
Conflict of Interest Policy and Statement Sample – Download PDF here
How Does Your Board Measure Up? – Download PDF here
Board Member Job Description – Download PDF here