A nonprofit is not owned by any individual, but is governed by a board of directors. The board of directors fulfills its governance duties of due care, loyalty and obedience through a variety of practices and protocols. Board and staff should be representative of the community they serve and responsive to community needs and changes. Documented checks and balances must be in place to protect both the public good and the board as individual volunteers. 

Professional Development and Learning:


See Resource Development for Fundraising by the Board Resources.

Board Member Service

Board and Executive Director/CEO Roles

Board Development & Structure

  • Board Member Job Descriptions - BoardSource (Guide)
  • Board Chair - The Effective Board Chair - NonprofitReady (Video)*
  • Board Treasurer - Duties of the Treasurer of a Nonprofit Corporation - Neo Law Group (Article)
  • Structure, Composition, and Culture Resources & Tools - BoardSource (Resource Library)
  • Youth Board Members: Can Minors Serve on a Nonprofit Board? - Neo Law Group (Article)

Board Meetings

  • A Comprehensive Guide on How to Run a Board Meeting - BoardEffect
  • Board Structure, Committees and Meetings - BoardSource (Guide)
  • Productive Board Meetings - BoardSource (Guide)

Virtual Board Meetings

Board Recruitment & Orientation

Adding & Removing Board Members

Board Diversity

Board Performance & Assessment

Conflicts & Ethical Behavior

See Legal, Compliance & Transparency for Bylaws & Conflict of Interest Resources.

  • Board's Role in Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harrassment - BoardSource (Guide)
  • Ethics and Accountability for Nonprofits - National Council of Nonprofits (Guide)
  • It's Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct - Nonprofit Quarterly (Article)
  • Managing Conflict On The Board - BoardSource (Article)
  • Preventing and Investigating Fraud, Embezzlement, and Charitable Asset Diversion: What's a Nonprofit Board to Do - Venable LLP (PDF)
  • What Constitutes Board Director Misconduct - BoardEffect (Article)

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