Some think the sole responsibility of nonprofit boards is to raise funds, while others think boards rubberstamp decisions made by chief executives.
To truly reach their potential, organizations need vibrant and effective boards made up of engaged individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills. Boards set the direction for organizations. They are the guardians of the vision and enforce ethical guidelines. They are policy-makers, fundraisers, ambassadors, and strategic thinkers.
They monitor progress, evaluate the performance of the organization, and should demonstrate integrity in everything they do on behalf of the organization.
Ultimately, they are the foundation of all the great work done by the 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S.
Boards must not only have great passion for their job, but also understand all the responsibilities that come with their position.
BoardSource has created a video series and published a book called Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, both of which can serve as resources to help educate board members.