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Board Members and Personal Contributions

Most boards expect all board members to make a personally meaningful financial contribution to the organization. This article discusses why board members should give, giving policies, and how much is enough.

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Board Member Job Description

This document lists expectations of a nonprofit board as a whole as well as expectations for each individual board member. As you search for a nonprofit board position, you should make sure you have what will be expected of you.

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10 Basic Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board

This is a one-page list of 10 of the most important responsibilities for a board of directors.

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Basic Responsibilities of All Nonprofit Board Members

This is another list of board responsibilities, but more descriptive of individual members’ responsibilities in addition to responsibilities of the board as a whole.

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Board Responsibilities and Structures – FAQs

Are you still wondering about basic board structures and responsibilities? If you are, check here. For easy reference, the article presents information in the form of frequently asked questions.

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Fiduciary Responsibilities

One of the main responsibilities of all board members is maintaining financial accountability of their organization. This article provides a guide to how board members can fulfill their role as fiduciaries.

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Serving on a Nonprofit Board

This 17-page monograph is a training resource for board members, which goes into considerable detail about what you need to know as a board member. It explains what nonprofit agencies are, how their boards govern through committees, the board’s role in strategic planning and fundraising, and some important legal concerns including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and an introduction to board liability.

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Sample Board Member Commitment Form

Some nonprofits ask board members to sign a form acknowledging their responsibilities. This is an example of this type of form, which you might be asked to sign.

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