Responsibilities of Boards of Directors For Small Nonprofits

  1. Understand and embrace fiduciary duties of care and loyalty.
  2. Identify the mission and overall direction of the nonprofit.
  3. Plan for the nonprofit’s future, establishing a vision and values for the nonprofit, and oversee implementation of an action plan.
  4. Ensure adequate human resources to carry out the mission, hiring and supervising a chief staff person if appropriate, or recruiting and training sufficient volunteers for an all-volunteer organization.
  5. Ensure transparency, legal compliance & accountability.
  6. Fundraise vigorously and steward resources effectively.
  7. Understand the nonprofit’s programs and services, and regularly evaluate performance and effectiveness.
  8. Represent the organization effectively to the public & community.
  9. Ensure a healthy, engaged & knowledgeable board of directors. 

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