Nonprofit boards play an important role in the success of your organization. They are responsible for overseeing finances, ensuring that charities have enough funds to accomplish their goals, and ensuring that they operate in accordance with legal guidelines. They also play an important role in fundraising. Board members have a fiduciary duty to treat the organization’s assets as such as if they were their own. They must not make a decision for personal gain or to benefit the organization.

Nonprofits should find board members with the following characteristics:

Passion Board members must be passionate about your nonprofit’s mission and possess the urgency to take action. If your board doesn’t have this, it will struggle to be effective.

In order to be successful a non-profit organization must have the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Additionally your board should be willing to invest time, money, and energy.

Skills: A good nonprofit board will be skilled in areas like governance, strategic planning and oversight of the organization. It should also be able find talent and recruit the individuals needed for leadership roles.

All employees of a non-profit must adhere to a conflict-of interest policy. Failure to adhere to this policy can result in penalties and fines from the IRS or state-level “Sunshine Laws.” It is the reason why many nonprofits require their board members to sign agreements on conflict of interest.