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Mel Gravely
August-01-2016

10 Responsibilities of Individual Board Members

At The Gravely Group, we believe that there is a critical role that nonprofits play in communities across the nation. Thus it is imperative that a nonprofit Board function at a high level to ensure a clear and strategic organizational direction that supports the agency’s efforts to successfully navigate the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities of a new and changing environment. Read more about our board training here.

Below you’ll find the 10 things that board members must be accountable for when fulfilling their responsibilities as an individual board member.

1. Be Present. Board members for responsible for attending all board and committee meetings and functions.

2. Be Informed. Board members must ensure that they are knowledgeable about the organization’s mission, policies and services.

3. Be Prepared. Board members must review the agenda and supporting materials in advance of board and committee meetings so that they are ready to engage in discussions and decisions at the meetings.

4. Be Engaged. Board members must be willing to serve on committees or task forces and to assume special assignments.

5. Be Financially Committed. Board members must make a personal financial contribution, regardless of amount, to the organization.

6. Be an Advocate. Board members must be willing to tell the agency’s story, to inform others about the organization.

7. Be Knowledgeable. Board members must be knowledgeable about the community, the needs of the clients and trends in the organization’s field.

8. Be Committed. Board members must commit to building an excellent board by identifying potential board members who could contribute in a positive manner to achieve the mission of the organization.

9. Be Compliant. Board members must adhere to the Duty of Care, Loyalty and Obedience; must comply with the organization’s conflict of Interest and confidentiality policies.

10. Be Supportive. Board members must take responsibility for ensuring a positive culture in the organization. Board members must refrain from disrespecting each other and staff, leaking information to the media or making special requests to staff.

To request more information about our board training, please contact us.

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