Board members are usually passionate about the organizations they work for. They want to fulfill their legal obligations to advocate for your work and to embody the mission of the organization and serve as loyal ambassadors. There are other responsibilities they must consider.

They must be open to different views and engage in productive debates. This is important to ensure that the board can accomplish its goals in a unified way. The board is a group, and the chair is responsible to ensure that everyone is on track with their duties.

The board is required to actively recruit and select new members. The most qualified candidates are those that will bring additional talents, skills and previous experience to the table. Boards should also ensure that the job descriptions they provide include the necessary qualifications.

The board should also help new members in getting up to speed quickly. This can be achieved by providing orientation materials and advanced planning for meetings, and clear communication.

Finally, boards should set term limits. This will prevent members who are unhappy from feeling overburdened or suffocated by the workload. The majority of the work of your board is best done by committees. It is crucial that board members understand the committees and how they are able to feed back into the board.

The board must be knowledgeable of legal responsibilities and regulations. This includes laws that govern how non-profits conduct business and make decisions and decisions, as well as “Sunshine Laws” which are state-level laws. Boards should be educated about these issues in order to avoid costly legal issues.