Leadership: Board

The board is responsible for hiring, evaluating, and, if needed, firing the executive director (ED). Though not illegal, the board should not be involved in hiring, evaluating or firing any other employee. This is the responsibility of the executive director and, if the board takes it on, they are eroding their ability to hold the […]

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Best practices suggest that it is not a good idea to have the Executive Director playing such a role within the organization, whether the position is a voting or non-voting position. Keep in mind the following precautions if the organization decides to place its executive director on the board: While it is not uncommon for […]

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The executive director reports to the board, with the chief liaison being the chair of the board. This is the body that hires the ED, monitors and evaluates that person’s performance, and directs the search for a new chief executive if that becomes necessary. The ED and the board work together as a team to […]

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Attorneys, accountants, and other professionals can contribute valuable expertise to a board. In the best-case scenario, it would be nice if their services would be given voluntarily. However, that is not always feasible. The underpinnings of the policy that allows tax exemption for public charities is that the dollars raised are used for “exclusively charitable […]

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Minutes are business records of the organization. Minutes should be kept of all meetings of the Board of Directors, as well as committee meetings where the committee is making decisions on behalf of the board. Decisions of committees should be brought to the full board in regular reports. Minutes are not official until they have […]

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There are a number of reasons for removing a member of the board of directors, including non-attendance at board meetings or committees, being inactive in general, or being so obstructive that he or she keeps the board from functioning effectively. The board should provide for the possibility of removal by addressing it in the bylaws. […]

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