A board of directors for nonprofits can be a crucial group of people who can give life to your organization’s goals. However, new board members need to be informed of their responsibilities and roles prior to when they join so they can fully participate.

The first thing to remember for new board members is that they are not in charge of the day-to-day operations of the non-profit. The executive director, paid staff, and volunteers are responsible for their respective duties. The job of the board is to oversee and provide direction.

To accomplish this they must be knowledgeable about the company’s finances and operations. They need to know what their legal and fiduciary duties are, how to evaluate the executive director, and the policies of the organization’s governance.

New board members should also be able to monitor and direct fundraising efforts effectively. Some nonprofits ask all board members to contribute financially, while others encourage donations but do not require them to do so. The most successful fundraisers will be those who identify the best way of creating revenue, and then help the board members implement it.

To help them accomplish this, the organization must give board members a clear description of their duties and regular communication channels, both in person and remotely using tools such as MemberClicks association management software, to keep them informed of what’s happening. The organization should make it easy for board members to access information by creating an area on their website that allows them to access agendas, documents and minutes of meetings.

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