In the State of Washington, RCW 24.03.127 defines the Duties of a Director for a non-profit corporation. It requires directors to act ”in good faith, in a manner such director believes to be in the best interests of the corporation, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.”
Jacobson Jarvis and Company offers an excellent resource for new and existing board members. What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting.
Understand the skills you bring to the organization. Find the best ways the organization can leverage your skills to make the most significant impact on and for the organization.
The board, of which you are a part, is responsible for the governance of the organization. Become familiar with these responsibilities, so you can actively participate in the board and contribute to the well-being of the organization.
Board member responsibilities can include:
1) Determine the Mission and Purpose of the organization
2) Select and evaluate the CEO or Executive Director
9) Enhance the organization’s public standing
Board membership provides excellent networking opportunities. Spend time getting to know fellow board members and learning the ins and outs of the board, the committees, and the organization. You will have the opportunity to see the skill sets of other board members, which may result in referrals and direct business to you. It is a fact that people do business with those they like and trust. Who better than a fellow board member?
Being a good board member not only positively contributes to the organization’s clients and staff but to the overall community, you ultimately serve, making your city, state, county, etc. better.
About the Author
Since joining Valtas, Jacki continues to contribute to the non-profit community through her legendary network, enabling her to connect non-profit organizations to the right resources. She holds several non-profit board positions in support of her non-profit passion for Basic Needs.
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