Roles & Responsibilities of a Board
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BOARD
Many boards face confusion surrounding the extent of the board’s roles and responsibilities.
What are these roles? According to John Pearson (John Pearson Associates), board member responsibilities can be understood as three “hats”: governor, participant, and volunteer.
This is the responsibility of the board and executive leadership to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission. The board is responsible to establish mission and direction, ensure that an organization has the proper resources of funds and leadership to execute the mission, and provide legal and fiduciary oversight (Board Fundamentals, Board Source, pg. 9).
Board members should actively attend important organizational events and activities. This could include a fundraising event, a public relations opportunity, or meeting to network with other organizations. As a participant in organizational functions, you might also be called upon to wear your “volunteer” hat.
Board members should be ready and willing to invest time and participation in the operation of the organization as needed.
- “Three Hats” – John Pearson
- “7 Foundations of Board Effectiveness” – Ed McDowell
- “Becoming a leader of No Reputation” – R. Scott Rodin
- “Managing the Relationship Between the Board Chair, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Development Officer” – R. Scott Rodin
- “Along the Road”– Terry Stokesbary