Commercial and Nonprofit Boards of Directors

It is essential to be aware of the responsibilities and scope of each position before applying to join a company’s board or director. A board that is functional will be more effective by having clear roles.

Nonprofit boards are usually made of volunteers who give their time and energy to aid in the achievement of their mission and act as a controlling body. The board may also include committees that take on a large portion of its responsibilities, and help improve its productivity and efficiency.

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

Most nonprofit organizations also have a CEO/Executive Director who is a supervisor and not a board member. Many believe that both positions are identical, the role of the President is a role in governance and the job of the CEO/ED is a management function.

The best method to find members is to actively search for community members with the skills and knowledge that will benefit your organization. Nonprofits can look for potential candidates in a variety of ways, including a board-matching program, networking events, and on platforms like LinkedIn. Nonprofits should also have a process for onboarding and training new members on their specific obligations. Finally, nonprofits should have strong governance policies for board members in place and D&O insurance to reduce the risks they face and ensure their success.