Nonprofits rely on a well-functioning board of directors to fulfill their goal. They are looking for people who are passionate about their mission, are connected with the people they serve and have experience in managing business affairs at some point.

Professionals from all kinds of organizations and businesses sit on boards of nonprofit organizations. It’s an excellent opportunity to build your network, acquire new skills and make a positive contribution to the community.

According to a Korngold survey 78 percent of board members stated that their time on a nonprofit board led them to a greater appreciation for opinions and perspectives that are not their own. This is vital in a board environment for nonprofits where decisions have to be made with limited resources and the board must make sound financial decisions.

Nonprofit board members have several legal obligations and responsibilities which include the Duty of Care and the duty of loyalty. Board members must avoid conflicts and must not abuse their positions by utilizing nonprofit money for personal gain. If you own the company that employs the executive director, and the board is voting to increase the amount of money paid to the director, you must abstain because you have a conflict.

Many non-profit organizations also have permanent (sometimes called «standing») committees that handle ongoing issues or other special needs that arise. These committees are managed by board members, who must disclose any potential conflicts of interests to other board members.

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