| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
~ September 2007 ~ Topic
Are We Transparent?
The word transparent is appearing in many places these days, and it's not referring to gauzy white curtains. Rather, for us in the nonprofit sector, it refers to the way a 501©(3) nonprofit should be managed and presented to the public-"open, frank and candid."*
Sometimes nonprofits forget that they have a tax exemption and, therefore, a responsibility to both government and the public to do their jobs as well as possible and demonstrate that they are operating ethically and effectively.
The people most responsible for this are those who sit on the board of directors.
Among the things the board needs to monitor:
*Webster's New World Dictionary, 1997
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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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