There have been a series of high-profile conflict of interest situations and ethical challenges in the nonprofit sector in the last few weeks and months. To many, these high-profile stories have served as a wake-up call to nonprofit board and staff leaders that they should be more focused on their governance in a way that is as ethical as possible.
There is more to running an ethical, accountable, and transparent nonprofit than just legal and accounting requirements. Boards of directors can set the tone for the organization by conducting regular reviews of core governing and operating policies and procedures. Check out these four things your board of directors can do to embrace ethical, accountable, and transparent values in the new year.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]