Nonprofit Boards 101
This section of the Nonprofit Boards learning center has ideas, tools, and resources to help you learn about nonprofit board service.
A Board Member's Code of Ethics
This article by BoardSource provides values to use as a framework for any board's code of ethics.
Board Fundraising: Give or Get?
The question "Do you apply the 'give or get' rule with your board or are they asked to do both?" was posted by a member of our Nonprofit ED/CEO LinkedIn community. This article shares selected answers to this question from the conversation, which offer guidance to other nonprofit leaders considering their board members' financial commitments to their organizations.
Fiduciary Responsibilities of Board Members
One of the main responsibilities of nonprofit board members is to maintain financial accountability of their organization. Board members act as trustees of the organization’s assets and must exercise due diligence to oversee that the organization is well-managed and that its financial situation remains sound. Here is an outline, provided by BoardSource, on how nonprofit board members can fulfill their role as fiduciaries.
How Should a Nonprofit Board of Directors Be Structured?
Every nonprofit board is responsible for creating a structure, policies, and procedures that support good governance. In this article, BoardSource provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about board structure and organization.
Size of the Board
Is there an ideal board size? Possibly, but the ideal size is likely to be different for each board. And each nonprofit board needs to define its optimal capacity at any given time. Here’s how to determine an nonprofit ideal board size, from BoardSource.
What Are the Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards?
Ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards and their individual members are outlined in this BoardSource article.
What Are the Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards?
Under well-established principles of nonprofit corporation law, a board member must meet certain standards of conduct and attention in carrying out his or her responsibilities to the organization. These standards—usually described as the duty of care, the duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience—are explained in this article from BoardSource.
What Are the Responsibilities of Individual Board Members?
This article from BoardSource shares a list of individual responsibilities and beneficial personal characteristics to help prospective board members explore what the role entails and better assess their interest in joining a nonprofit board.
Why Do You Need a Board?
All nonprofit organizations need a board. Although the specific responsibilities may vary due to mission focus and different phases of an organization’s existence, the basic role and purpose of all nonprofit boards remain the same. There are legal, ethical, and practical reasons to build a board when a nonprofit is created. These reasons create the foundation for good governance and are explained in-depth in this article from BoardSource.