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Nonprofit Boards and Their Responsibilities

By 26.10.2023No Comments

Nonprofit boards are groups of people who help control an organization. They do this through regular sessions, with the purpose of establishing strategy and direction, ensuring resources, and providing oversight. Boards can also engage in philanthropic activities, including fundraising and providing pro bono professional services to the non-profit.

Most states have a minimum of board members a non-profit organization must have. Some states even require that the board be diverse in order to keep their tax-exempt status. The requirement to be diverse shouldn’t be a game of political will. It should be based on fact that a person has no conflicts of interest or any other reason to prevent them from serving on the board.

The board’s responsibility is to appoint the committees, selecting the CEO and remuneration, establishing the budget and overseeing legal issues, reviewing and approving financial reports, determining the compensation of senior staff members and developing strategies. Boards also help represent the company in the local community and in discussions with government entities as well as donors and media.

In addition to appointing committees and selecting and remuneration for the CEO, as well as making the budget, boards must conduct due diligence on potential donors, making sure that they are legit and that they can be trusted to donate to the nonprofit. They should also approve, review and maintain good minutes of every meeting. A well-functioning Board will take its responsibilities very seriously and work as a team in order to achieve success.