Building the Best Board,
Ann C. Fitzgerald, President
According to Board Source, a board member must “meet certain standards of conduct and attention in carrying out his or her responsibilities to the organization.” These can be summed up as
- Duty of Care. Board members are expected to have a certain level of competence and exercise reasonable care in making a decision that affects the organization.
- Duty of Loyalty. Board members must be faithful and act in the best interests of the organization.
- Duty of obedience. Board members must be faithful to the organization’s mission.
10 Basic Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board
- Determine the organization’s mission and purpose.
- Select the chief executive.
- Provide proper financial oversight.
- Ensure adequate resources.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability.
- Ensure effective organizational planning.
- Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance.
- Enhance the organization’s public standing.
- Determine, monitor, and strenthen the organization’s programs and services.
- Support the chief executive and assess his or her performance.
Sources for Success
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Ann C. Fitzgerald is Founder and President of AC Fitzgerald, using her decades of experience in fundraising, management, leadership, and sales to help nonprofits build their capacity and achieve success. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, and advisor.