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BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

They are volunteers, too!
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.

~ November 2007 ~ Topic



Thank You Jeanne Bradner

Since the beginning of the online version of Volunteer Today, Jeanne Bradner has been writing the page on volunteer boards and committees. She brought to the pages her years of experience as Director of the Illinois Governor's Office on Voluntary Action, Region V Director of Action, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. In a clear manner she conveyed her passion for well trained leaders of voluntary programs and organizations.

Jeanne is moving on to other challenges. We will miss her and are trying to find a substitute with equal experience and wisdom to share with our readers.


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Board Expectations of Staff

Sometimes the relationship between the board of directors and the paid staff is not harmonious. Here are some tips on what a board of directors can expect from the staff:

    1. Have objectivity in reaction to Board-Volunteer suggestions
    2. Conduct day to day business
    3. Have basic knowledge of the organization
    4. Manage programs to achieve goals/objectives
    5. Keep them informed
    6. Use them well with insight
    7. Be professional
    8. Know when to ask for help
    9. Handle the personnel management of paid staff volunteers
    10. Pay attention to details
    11. Use time wisely
    12. Exhibit openness in individual/organizational relationships
    13. Adequately prepare for meetings
    14. Share leadership with volunteers
    15. Provide accurate, complete, concise information

Board of Directors Roles and Responsibilities

Sometimes staff and board volunteers become confused about their roles and responsibilities and to whom they are accountable. Use this simple grid to help define roles.

BOARD
 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PLANNING, EVALUATING, PROMOTING, AND DETERMINING POLICY IN AREAS OF:
*Legal and Corporate Policy
*Program Service
*Personnel
*Financial Management
*Public Relations

ACCOUNTABILITY

 

ADVISORY

*Provides background information and expertise
*Provides staff support to all committees
*Assist President to train Board
*Reports on operations
*Represents organization in community
STANDING OR AD HOC COMMITTEES
 
OPERATIONAL COMPONENT
*Conducts research/study
*Recommends to Board
*Evaluate
ACCOUNTABILITY *Administers personnel
*Manages property/equipment
*Manages budget
*Delivers program services
*Oversee internal controls
*Manages fund raising activities

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