Executive Committee – Board Room Quick Tip (21)

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An executive committee (usually comprised of the board president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and staff executive director) is a necessary body for many nonprofits. The executive committee is typically authorized by the full board to take actions on its behalf in case of an emergency or immediate need when it is not practical to convene the full board. The executive committee can also be charged by the board to act as Administrator, insuring the board stays on track and to spearhead executive supervision and support. All actions of the executive committee should be reported to the full board and approved where appropriate. This tip helps you think through whether your executive committee is acting as a support system for your organization or is overly reliant on itself for governance (thus atrophying the remaining board members).

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