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 diligence, loyalty and due care 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:
Board Roles & Responsibilities
- A Guide to Nonprofit Board Service - Oregon Department of Justice (Guide)
- Guía para el Servicio de Directivo Sin Fines de Lucro en Oregón - Departamento de Justicia de Oregón (Guide in Spanish)
- Board Roles and Responsibilities - National Council of Nonprofits (Guide)
- Board Roles and Responsibilities Checklist - BoardSource (Checklist)
- Essentials for Nonprofit Board Members - NonprofitReady (Curriculum)
- Fundamental Topics of Board Service and Resource Library - Boardsource (Resource Library)
- Board Assessment Sheet - NAO (Tool)
- Board Member Self Assessment - NAO (Tool)
- The Effective Board Chair - NonprofitReady (Video)*
- Board's Role in Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harrassment - BoardSource (Guide and Checklist)
Board Recruitment & Orientation
- Board Composition & Recruitment - BoardSource (Guide)
- Board Posting & Matching Programs by Region - BoardSource (Guide)
- Finding the Right Board Members for your Nonprofit - National Council of Nonprofits (Guide)
- Finding Board Members - GrantSpace (Guide)
- Board Orientation - National Council of Nonprofits (Guide)
- Good Governance Policies for Nonprofits - National Council of Nonprofits (Guide)
- Can Board Vote by Email - OR Department of Justice (Article)
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