Nonprofit board members have two basic responsibilities—support and governance—each requiring different skills and expertise. In the role of "supporter" board members raise money, bring contacts to the organization, and act as ambassadors to the community. Equally important, the "governance" role involves protection of the public interest, being a fiduciary, selecting the executive director and assessing his/ her performance, ensuring compliance with legal and tax requirements, and evaluating the organization's work.
IdeaEncore (now 4Good.org) provides hundreds of links and documents that can help your board—and your nonprofit—better understand the important roles and responsibilities of your board. Check out these helpful resources listed below.
Flo Green, IdeaEncore Network
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Florence (Flo) Green is co-founder and vice president of IdeaEncore Network (www.ideaencore.com), which envisions a future in which every nonprofit shares what they know. Nonprofits can use our online information resource exchange to save time/money by reusing shared knowledge, by uploading files/links for others to use (for free or to sell), by making their expertise visible by "liking," rating, and commenting, and by embedding their branded online library—that displays IdeaEncore resources—within their Web sites.
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