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Leadership: Board

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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Generally speaking, board members should not be compensated for their service as board members. In fact, the voluntary nature of nonprofit boards is one of the important elements of the nonprofit sector in the United States. Less than 1 % of nonprofit organizations across the nation provide compensation to board members for their service as […]

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Proxy Voting: NO, board members (“directors”), who owe a fiduciary obligation to the legal entity, may not vote by proxy in Maryland. Maryland Code Section 2-408, “Action by Directors,” states that action by directors must be completed by “directors present at a meeting.”  Maryland code does allow for members (such as members of an association), […]

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The board member selection process is often headed by the Nominating Committee or Board Development Committee, also called the Governance Committee. The board chairperson and Executive Director should also be closely involved. As a first step in the selection process, a board should evaluate the skills, expertise, and demographic backgrounds of current board members to […]

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Having a sufficient number of board members to fulfill the board’s responsibilities, foster a viable organization, get through the federal approval process, and attract funding from foundations is important. Nationally, the average board has 17 members. Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence® code recommends that boards have at least 5 independent members and states that 7 […]

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Nonprofits depend upon effective leadership to successfully enact their missions and programs. Effective leadership consists of a partnership between the board and management, each of which plays an essential role. Understanding and negotiating these shared and complex elements of leadership is essential to the organization’s success. A nonprofit’s employees and volunteers are fundamental to its […]

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