As the governing body of a nonprofit, the board of directors or board of trustees fulfills a variety of roles and responsibilities. Among its many duties, the board:

  • Oversees the financial operations of the organization
  • Maintains the legal and ethical standing of the organization and its staff
  • Provides leadership and strategic direction for the organization
  • Ensures that an organization remains accountable to its donors and to the general public

To carry out these duties effectively, the board will often need to expand as an organization grows and matures. While recruitment is one important step in this process, a broad, systematic approach to board development, including orientation, training, evaluation, and the cultivation of prospective board members, is critical to ensuring the long-term success of any board.

To learn more about developing nonprofit boards, we offer the following training:

Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits, our free video that discusses how to develop a governing board for a new organization.

Seven Lessons Learned from Nonprofit Leaders, our free video full of concrete tips and tools to make sure the board and executive director work smoothly together.

Steps You Can Take Immediately to Diversify Your Board and Major Donor Base, our free video with practical advice on building powerful relationships with diverse people who offer expertise, wealth, and influence

Local organizations, like volunteer agencies and United Way chapters, also may offer programs that train people how to be effective nonprofit board members. Additionally, these programs will usually match trainees with nonprofits who are looking for board members.

See also our related Knowledge Base articles:

- Where can I find information on a board's legal duties?
- What is the board's role in fundraising?
- How can I find board members for my nonprofit?

More resources on the topic of nonprofit boards.





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