Duties and Responsibilities of Board Member

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					Duties and Responsibilities of a
        Board Member
          By Alexis Molinares
      Alexis Molinares & Associates
              For CARa

There are a diversity of views
  regarding the Role and
Responsibilities of a Board of

            But... These share common themes
Simple definition…of a

 “Group of people legally and
   morally charged with the
  responsibility to govern an
             Who they Serve…
   For Profit Corporation: the board is
    responsible to the stockholders

 Not     for Profit: the board is responsible to
    the stakeholders, in particular the community
    the organization serves
        The Duties in General…
   1. Provide continuity for the organization
     Provide the legal framework
     Represent the organization’s point of view through
      its products and services and advocacy for them
   2. Select and appoint and evaluate a Chief
     The administration is delegated.
     Evaluation based on set criteria: including…

         Relation with the board members
         Leadership

         Program planning and implementation, and

         Managment of the organization and its personnel
   3. Govern the organization by broad policies
    and objectives
     Formulated and agreed upon by the chief executive
     Assign priorities

     Ensure the organization’s capacity to carry out
   4. Acquire sufficient resources for the
    organization’s operations and to finance
    products and services

       A True Commitment to Fundraising!!!!!
   5. Account to the public for the products
    and services of the organization and
    expenditures of its funds, including…

       Provide fiscal accountability, approve budget and
        formulate policies for the disposition of public and
        private resources
      10 major responsibilities…                           modified from
                                                   Carter McNamara, 2008

1.    Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
2.    Select the Executive
3.    Support the Executive and Review His Performance
4.    Ensure Effective Organizational Planning and Assist in
      Implementing the Plan’s Goals
5.    Ensure Adequate Resources
6.    Manage Resources Effectively
7.    Determine and Monitor the Organization Programs and
8.    Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
9.    Serve as a Court of Appeal
10.   Assess It’s own Performance
                Board Paradox
   The board-staff relationship is a paradoxical one.
    When acting in their governing role, the board
    must stand above staff and be the "boss." But
    when acting in their supporting role, board
    members act to support and assist staff-led
   Some boards become so excited about their
    roles as governors that they mistake governance
    for close supervision of management and begin
    meddling in minor management affairs. In other
    cases, as boards govern more, they shirk their
    supporting role. The challenge is to fulfill both
    roles, not simply switch from one to the other.

“While appointment or election to a board is an
honor, board members have important legal and
fiduciary responsibilities that require a
commitment of time, skill, and resources”
                  80:10:10 Rule

   80 % of Time Devoted to Fundraising
   10% of Time Devoted to Oversight of Programs
   10% of Time Devoted to Strategic Planning
                           We expect…
   Attend Board meetings regularly
   Be familiar with the organization's goals, objectives and programs
   Read preparation materials prior to each Board meeting to assure active,
    informed participation
   Exercise general supervision over the organization affairs
   Know the budget, budget process and financial situation of the organization
   Inquire if there is something you do not understand or if something comes to
    your attention that causes you to question a policy or practice
   Insist on meaningful Board meetings with full disclosure of operating results
   Require the organization to engage competent legal counsel
   Require all committees to make reports at the Board meetings,when
   Know the directors and officers of the organization
   Identify and avoid conflicts of interest
   Monitor the community and professional image of the organization