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    governance

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    analytics

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    transformation

  • Proactive decision
    making

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    literacy

  • Analytics as

    a service

What is a board member?

Every board member shares the responsibility for having general control and management over the administration of the organization that they serve. But what does it mean in practice? Even the names used to describe board members are varied in the nonprofit sector: trustees, governors, committee members and directors. However, in the context of the drive to achieve high standards of governance, the job descriptions are, in practice, interchangeable and largely inconsequential.


Regardless of their job titles in a particular nonprofit, board members are the people who lead the organization and decide how it is run. Being a board member means making decisions that will affect beneficiaries, and with this responsibility comes accountability.

Fiduciary responsibility and beyond

Accountability is important. Financial oversight is critical and board members will always have ultimate fiduciary responsibility. Without an ongoing cash inflow, the organization cannot be sustained in perpetuity. But board members need to be aligned with the organization’s core purpose. The first step in effective board governance, therefore, should be to focus on the mission statement: the charitable objectives and the reason for the nonprofit’s existence.

Understanding the organization's purpose

Most nonprofit board members are serving as unpaid volunteers. They are drawn from all areas of society and bound by the same desire to serve their organization through decisions that will positively affect its beneficiaries. It is essential that board members understand and consistently support the purpose behind their organization. A strong, concise, values-driven mission statement can help achieve this.

Proactive decision

Most nonprofit board members are serving as unpaid volunteers. They are drawn from all areas of society and bound by the same desire to serve their organization through decisions that will positively affect its beneficiaries. It is essential that board members understand and consistently support the purpose behind their organization. A strong, concise, values-driven mission statement can help achieve this.

Fincial Literacy

Most nonprofit board members are serving as unpaid volunteers. They are drawn from all areas of society and bound by the same desire to serve their organization through decisions that will positively affect its beneficiaries. It is essential that board members understand and consistently support the purpose behind their organization. A strong, concise, values-driven mission statement can help achieve this.

Analytics as a service

Most nonprofit board members are serving as unpaid volunteers. They are drawn from all areas of society and bound by the same desire to serve their organization through decisions that will positively affect its beneficiaries. It is essential that board members understand and consistently support the purpose behind their organization. A strong, concise, values-driven mission statement can help achieve this.