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New Board Member Orientation Process

This article presents 17 best practices for bringing on new board members, divided into three major categories: before submitting the person’s name for election; initial orientation after the election; and in the first year after initial orientation.

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Thinking About Joining a Nonprofit Board

This one-page article provides a series of questions about a nonprofit, which you should know the answers to if you are considering board membership.

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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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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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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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Questions to Ask Organizational Leaders as a Prospective Board Candidate

This is a list of questions a prospective board member should consider asking board members or the Executive Director if they are interviewing as a board candidate.

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