[Owasp-board] How to be a great board member
jim.manico at owasp.org
Mon Nov 3 12:24:25 UTC 2014
I was doing a little light reading this evening and ran across this
document which I thought was valuable.
While some people assert that nonprofits should be more “business-like,”
good board members recognize that in many ways nonprofits are more
similar to the government sector than the business sector, in that each
involves public service for the common good. Consider:
*Board = Legislative branch*
The nonprofit board is like the legislative branch in that it:
1) sets the general direction and broad policies, but normally does not
directly execute that policy
2) adopts the budget and ensures there are sufficient resources to meet
the nonprofit’s needs
*Executive Director and Staff = Executive branch
1) The general rule is that “the directors oversee, but do not directly
engage in the corporation’s day-to-day operations.” ABA Guidebook.
2) “Boards and board members perform best when they exercise their
responsibilities primarily by asking good and timely questions rather
than by ‘running’ programs or implementing their own policies.
Board/staff relationships are what they should be when mutual
expectationsare agreed upon and issues and responsibilities are clearly
defined.” --Richard Ingram, in Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit
*Donors & Volunteers = Judicial branch
Just as the judicial branch provides independent oversight to the other
branches, donors and volunteers provide informal oversight of nonprofit
organizations, because if a nonprofit is not doing its job correctly,
donors and volunteers will “rule against” the nonprofit by stopping
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