Governance

A nonprofit is not owned by any individual, but is governed by a board of directors. The board of directors fulfills its governance duties of due care, loyalty and obedience through a variety of practices and protocols. Board and staff should be representative of the community they serve and responsive to community needs and changes. Documented checks and balances must be in place to protect both the public good and the board as individual volunteers. 

Professional Development and Learning:

Resource Topics On This Page:

1. Board Member Service
2. Board & ED Roles
3. Board Roles & Duties
4. Board Communication & Decision Making
5. Board Diversity
6. Board Meetings
7. Board Meetings - Virtual
8. Board Performance & Assessment
9. Board Recruitment & Orientation 
10. Board Voting & Adding/Removing Members 
11. Board Member Conduct & Ethics

Bylaws & Conflict of Interest - See Legal, Compliance & Transparency
Fundraising by the Board - See Resource Development 

1. Board Member Service

2. Board & Executive Director/CEO Roles

3. Board Roles & Duties

4. Board Commuication and Decision Making

  • Communicate Effectively to Create Better Board Relationships - BoardSource
  • Difficult Board Conversations - Governing Good
  • From Principles to Practices: Structuring Your Decision-Making Process - The Bridgespan Group
  • Strategies for Building Strong Nonprofit Board Communications - BoardEffect

5. Board Diversity

6. Board Meetings

7. Board Meetings-Virtual

8. Board Performance & Assessment

9. Board Recruitment & Orientation

10. Board Voting, Adding & Removing Members

11. Board Member Conduct & Ethics

See Legal, Compliance & Transparency for Bylaws & Conflict of Interest Resources.

  • Nonprofit Board Member Codes of Conduct & Ethics - BoardSource
  • Moving from Dissonance to Harmony: Managing Conflict On The Board - BoardSource 
  • Ethics and Accountability for Nonprofits - National Council of Nonprofits
  • Preventing and Investigating Fraud, Embezzlement, and Charitable Asset Diversion: What's a Nonprofit Board to Do - Venable LLP
  • It's Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct - Nonprofit Quarterly
  • What Constitutes Board Director Misconduct - BoardEffect

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