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Board Development: Ten Basic Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards

Board members are ultimately responsible for the very survival, financial viability, and program success of the not-for-profit organization. Determining how to manage that responsibility is what we will be addressing in our Blog series.

Although every organization is unique, there are fundamental responsibilities that hold true for almost every board. And, while no model has proven itself viable in all circumstances, a body of knowledge has evolved that argues for certain structures, policies and practices that have been consistently shown to work better than others.  Of course, organizations evolve over time and some of what you read in this series may not be perfect for your organization today, but keep it in mind as you may want to reflect back on this later.


Blog Series - Ten Basic Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards
 

Responsibility #1:  Mission & Purpose

Responsibility #2: Selecting the Chief Executive

Responsibility #3: Providing Proper Financial Oversight

Responsibility #4: Accessibility of Resources

Responsibility #5: Ensuring Legal and Ethical Integrity and Maintaining Accountability

Responsibility #6: Ensuring Effective Organizational Planning

Responsibility #7: Recruiting and Training New Board Members and Measuring Performance

Responsibility #8: Enhancing the Organizations Public Standing

Responsibility #9: Determine, Monitor and Strengthen the Organization's Programs and Services 

Responsibility #10: Support the CEO and Assess Performance

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