Board of Directors

Governance Q&A: Should boards recommend candidates for election?

Written By: Jane Garthson
October 3, 2011

A reader wonders whether it is ethical for a nonprofit organization's board of directors to recommend candidates to fill vacancies.

Governance Q&A: Paying for board service?

Written By: Jane Garthson
July 4, 2011

Some of the directors of my nonprofit want to be paid a per diem for board and board committee work. Is this ethical?

Governance Q&A: Should family members serve on the same board?

Written By: Jane Garthson
June 7, 2011

My organization just elected a married couple to its board. Is this ethical?

Governance Q&A: Board service while job searching

Written By: Jane Garthson
May 3, 2011

I was invited to sit on the board of directors for a charitable organization. I am looking for work in the charity sector, including this organization. Is it a conflict of interest for me to accept?

Governance Q&A: Representatives who vote against their chapter

Written By: Jane Garthson
April 5, 2011

Is it ethical for a chapter representative on a provincial board to vote against her own chapter?

Charity watchdogs: An intelligent development?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 8, 2011

Are charity watchdogs a good idea or are they misrepresenting the sector?

Governance Q&A: Board and funder are too close for comfort

Written By: Jane Garthson
February 1, 2011

I sit on the board of an organization that is greatly intertwined with a major funder. The board members of the major funder are also the only members of my organization.

Governance Q&A: Leaving a board of directors under difficult conditions

Written By: Jane Garthson
December 6, 2010

I want to resign from my position on a board of directors due to mismanagement by the board chair. How can I leave on a positive note, with a good reference?

All a-board!

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
November 18, 2010

Is serving on a board of directors the right way to help grow your career?

Governance Q&A: The importance of an independent auditor

Written By: Jane Garthson
November 1, 2010

My board chair wants to change audit firms to one where a friend of hers is a partner. If their quote is reasonable, is that ethically OK?

Assessing the executive director's performance

Written By: Jack Shand
November 1, 2010

Tips for the executive director's performance appraisal, conducted by the board of directors.

Board etiquette: Minding your p's and q's on a nonprofit board

Written By: Doreen Pendgracs
August 3, 2010

Rules for etiquette when serving on a board of directors.

Finding (and keeping) a good personal fit on a board

Written By: Doreen Pendgracs
July 5, 2010

How to find and maintain a level of personal comfort on a board.

Fundraising Q&A: What makes a successful fundraising committee

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
June 28, 2010

This article outlines how to make your fundraising committee successful, including training, evaluation, and how to find the right people for the job.

Governance Q&A: Taking over a Canadian charity

Written By: Mark Blumberg
June 7, 2010

Is it legal and ethical to take over a dormant Canadian charity in order to avoid the long bureaucratic process of application? And if so, what is the best way to do this?

Ethical decision-making

Written By: Doreen Pendgracs
June 7, 2010

How to make and stand behind ethical decisions on a board of directors.

Customizing boards and committees

Written By: Arthur Drache
May 17, 2010

How to put together a board that serves an organization's specific needs.

The key governance questions all boards must answer

Written By: Jack Shand
May 3, 2010

Seven Essential Governance Questions to lead governing bodies and senior staff to become best- in- class organizations

Being the best (board) volunteer you can be

Written By: Doreen Pendgracs
May 3, 2010

How to perform successfully as a board volunteer.

Governance Q&A: Helping volunteers exit gracefully

Written By: Jane Garthson
April 5, 2010

Shouldn’t a good organization provide a committee chair with a graceful way to exit within a reasonable time frame?

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