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Members of an organization’s Governing Board are supposed to be its best ambassadors in the community. But there are some very critical responsibilities that a Board must fulfill as a whole. The Governing Board has primary responsibility for such things as:

  1. ByLaws and Policy;
  2. Executive personnel matters;
  3. Mission & Vision;
  4. priorities & the direction the organization will take in the future;
  5. The annual Audit;
  6. Resource development
  7. Asset management.
Some Boards have well defined functions beyond these basic things, short of getting into day-to-day management.

Not all boards, however, function well as a unit, and few boards have their responsibilities defined in such a way that they can maximize the composite expertise available to the organization. It is very important that a Governing Board devote its time and attention to the right things, and do so in a manner that makes the most efficient use of a Board member’s time.


When a Board is functioning at a high level of responsibility, in concert with a forward-thinking Chief Executive, an organization will begin to run much more smoothly and enhance its impact in the community. An effective Board will increase the effectiveness of an organization. The organization will find itself increasingly able to exhibit a vigorous morale, attract citizens to get involved with its program, respond quickly to new opportunities for service, develop programs that advance the cause on which its Mission is focused, and, importantly, generate the funds it needs to carry forward its Vision for the Future.

Our partners and associates have served on a number of boards through the years, and worked in consulting roles with many more. We can present workshops and training sessions tailored to your organization’s requirements. We can assist your Board to focus attention on such matters as:

  • fiduciary issues
  • strategic planning issues
  • resource development issues
  • management issues
  • impact evaluation issues
  • resource allocation issues
  • constituency issues
  • endowment issues
  • ethics & accountability issues.