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Board Roles & Responsibilities

Despite the voluntary nature of the board member, it is important to remember that these groups of people – and thus the individuals that comprise them – have many roles and significant responsibilities. These resources talk about those roles and responsibilities and may be useful to share with your board.

The Evolution of Your Board and Your Nonprofit

Source: Lexian Management Associates
Rick Szilagyi of Lexian Management Associates describes how a nonprofit board evolves alongside the organization using the nonprofit lifecycle model.
Posted on: July 11, 2019
Topics: Board | Board Development | Board Roles & Responsibilities


Discounts on membership and board self-assessments Center members can save 15% on organizational membership or $200 on BoardSource's board self-assessment service. BoardSource members get complimentary access to BoardSource's collection of white papers, webinars, and more. They also get member discounts on their print or digital copies of their books, such as Board Fundamentals: Understanding Roles in Nonprofit Governance and The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards. Learn more
Posted on: January 29, 2018
Topics: Featured

Exit Agreements for Nonprofit CEOs: A Guide for Boards and Executives

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit Quarterly breaks down the circumstances leading to, types of, and key considerations for CEO exit agreements.
Posted on: March 31, 2015
Topics: Best Practice | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Executive Transition

When in Crisis, What Should Boards Do?

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
In recent weeks and months, there have been a series of crises in organizations ranging from data breaches at Target, Michaels, and Chase to the sexual abuse scandals at Penn State and domestic violence in the NFL. In many of these cases, although the boards of directors were not blamed directly, they often came under fire for not having paid close enough attention to see the crises coming or for reacting too slowly. It is no surprise, then, articles have begun to appear addressing how a board should act before, during and after a crisis.
Posted on: October 9, 2014
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Leadership

The Governance / Support Model for Nonprofit Boards

Source: Blue Avocado
Much of the confusion about board responsibilities is confusion between what the board does as a body and what individual board members should do. This article looks at the two fundamentally different types of nonprofit board responsibility: governance and support. Read the article from Blue Avocado.
Posted on: May 1, 2013
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities

Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire—available as an online tool—allows nonprofit boards to assess their effectiveness in 12 aspects of governance, ranging from board-staff roles to external relations practices. This tool has been used by hundreds of boards and thousands of board members throughout the US and abroad since 2009. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Source: BoardSource
What are the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards? This list from BoardSource offers a quick easy reference that you can use in your boardroom.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities

Distinguishing a Board’s Steering and Rowing Work

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
As described in the book Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, to govern comprehensively, boards work in three modes: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. To use a metaphor in which an organization is a boat, boards can make two distinct types of contributions: steering and rowing.
Posted on: January 30, 2012
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Leadership

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