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Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~ October 2004 ~ Topics

A Board Organization Chart

What is a basic board organization chart?

Board organization and numbers of committees will vary from board to board given the size and scope of the organization. However, the following concept I find is helpful for most boards.

Organization Chart Example

The Board is the governing body of the organization.

The executive committee (usually composed of the officers of the organization and the committee chairs) can meet to discuss items between board meetings and make decisions that cannot possibly wait until the next meeting. It uses its authority judiciously when absolutely necessary and reports its actions to the entire board promptly.

Each of the following committees may be a single committee for a small organization or divided into a small number of sub-committees as required by a larger organization.

Program services is the committee that oversees the programs the organization delivers.

The business committee is responsible for budget, personnel, property and investments.

The audit committee is a committee that periodically reviews the financial systems of the organization to make sure that proper controls are in place and that financial procedures are properly executed.

The development committee is responsible for fund development, volunteer and board development and marketing.

As always, committees keep the board fully informed and make recommendations for policy approval.

Each committee involves the responsible staff as an advisor. Some committees may also include outside experts who are not board members.

The nominating committee (not mentioned above) is an ad-hoc committee.

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Jeanne H. Bradner

Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.

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