3 Nonprofit Board Member Roles & Responsibilities

Nonprofit Board Member Roles & Responsibilities

In this post, I will be sharing some information on nonprofit board member roles & responsibilities. Many nonprofits have great missions. They develop youth, feed the hungry, provide scholarships and the list goes on and on. The one thing these nonprofits have in common is a board of directors.

Some executive directors don’t understand exactly what their board is supposed to do. Sometimes, board roles and responsibilities are not fully understood and are badly communicated.

The following are the 3 Nonprofit Board Member Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Trusteeship
  • Provide Oversight
  • Ensure Necessary Resources


Safeguarding and managing resources so that the nonprofit is accountable to the community at large is one of the nonprofit board member roles & responsibilities. The responsibility of maintaining public trust — is the single most important role. The board must determine the nonprofit’s vision, mission, and purpose; undergo strategic planning with staff to determine where the organization must go to ensure continued viability for the community and clientele served; and set policies for the nonprofit operations, service clientele, and major programmatic thrusts.

Providing Oversight

Another important nonprofit board member’s role & responsibility is in the area of providing oversight. The board must attend meetings to stay engaged and provide leadership. This oversight responsibility requires the board to ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability; establish the budget — a key policy tool; determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization’s programs and services; and support the executive director and review his or her performance.

Ensuring Necessary Resources

The task of fundraising belongs primarily to the board, not the staff. While the staff must be involved to support and coordinate funding activities, his or her major function is to manage the organization’s operations. To ensure necessary resources, boards must ensure adequate financial and physical resources, including raising/contributing money; enhancing the organization’s public standing; selecting the executive director; managing assets effectively; and strengthening the board by recruiting and orienting members and assessing performance.

Of course, ensuring necessary resources responsibilities may vary depending on the size and fundraising needs of each organization and whether the organization has development staff or the board alone is responsible for raising money.

But regardless, fundraising should be front and center for your board of directors.

Remember, a great board of directors is critical to the success of any nonprofit organization. Without a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, a board can go down a rabbit hole of micromanaging, not managing at all — chaos.

There you have it: The 3 Nonprofit Board Member Roles & Responsibilities.

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