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From Passion to Execution: How to Start and Grow an Effective Nonprofit Organization by Lyn Scott

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Chapter 7Board Agreements, Training, and Meetings

“The test of our worth is the service we render.”

~Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President

Just as the bylaws provide for your organization’s official operating policies and procedures manual, you will need to outline what is expected of board members and how their participation will benefit the corporation.

One way to plainly spell out this information is to institute a board member “contract”. This is not intended to be a legally enforceable document, but rather a well-defined agreement.

Sample Board Member Agreement

I, _______, understand that as a member of the board of Directors of _______, I have a fiduciary, legal, and ethical responsibility to ensure the success of the organization. I believe ...

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