| BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
They are volunteers, too!
Most volunteer programs run on committee energy. But not all committees are the same. Their authority and responsibility are different. It is essential for the manager of volunteers to understand the infrastructure in order to organize and utilize the right committee to do the right job. Here are descriptions of the types of committees one might find in a nonprofit organization that engage volunteers or a governmental program.
Steering Committee is an advisory group comprised of high-level stakeholders and subject matter experts who provide guidance on key issues such as organizational policies, budget control, marketing strategy, resource allocation and decisions involving large issues.
Advisory Committee is a representative group of stakeholders which convenes to provide technical guidance and advice to volunteer managers
Executive Committee is a group of directors, usually the officers of the organization, appointed to act on behalf of and within the powers granted to them by the board of directors. Typically is consists of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer.
Standing Committee has a continued existence and is formed to do assigned work on an ongoing basis. Budget and finance committees are examples of standing committees.
Ad Hoc Committee is formed for a specific task or objective and dissolved after the completion of the task or achievement of the objective. Most committees are ad hoc in nature.
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