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If you are thinking of applying to join a nonprofit or commercial board or director, it is important to know the scope and responsibilities associated with each post. With clear roles, you can reduce the risk of conflict-of-interest issues and promote an effective board.

Typically, nonprofit boards are composed of individuals who give their time in support of or direct mission fulfillment roles and collectively perform the function of an governing body that makes decisions. The board may also include committees that perform a significant portion of its responsibilities to increase the efficiency and efficiency.

A typical structure is comprised of the following: Fundraising Committee, Governance Committee, Finance or Audit/Risk Committee, Nominating Committee and other Ad-Hoc Committees. Each organization may have its own committee structure.

The majority of nonprofit organizations also have a CEO/Executive Director who is a manager, not a board member. Many people mistakenly believe the roles of the CEO/President are the same. However the President’s role is one of governance, while the CEO/ED’s job is one of management.

The best way to attract members is to actively seek out engaged community members who have the experience, knowledge and networks to benefit your organization. Nonprofits can locate potential candidates via a variety methods including a matching program, networking events and platforms such as LinkedIn. Additionally, nonprofits must have a clear process for onboarding new members and instructing them on their specific obligations. Finally, nonprofits should have strong governance policies for board members in place and D&O insurance coverage to mitigate the risks they face and ensure their success.