Serving on a Nonprofit Board

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Before you make the commitment to become a board member for a nonprofit organization, there are a few things that you should understand and a few questions to ask.

First, as a board member you have certain responsibilities.  These start with the basic legal duties of any board member.          

Beyond these basic legal duties, BoardSource has summarized the core responsibilities of board members into Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards.  Included in these responsibilities is evaluating the Executive Director, reviewing the organization’s finances, and building a competent board, among others.  

After gaining an understanding of the basic responsibilities of any nonprofit board member, you should inquire as to additional expectations of the nonprofit.  Often times organizations have specific board expectations in a written document signed by individual board members.  These normally include such things as required attendance at board meetings, attendance at other programming events, expected financial support, participation in fund raising and/or special events, and committee service.

Other questions to ask the nonprofit before you commit to serving include the following.

After you have done your background research on the organization, you must decide if you are interested in serving on this board.  Some questions to think about before you say yes.

Serving as a board member is big responsibility but it’s also an opportunity for you to broaden your perspective and grow your skills.  It’s also one way that you can make your community a better place to live. 

Posted by: Carrie Minnich, CPA

Posted in Mission Minded Nonprofits

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