Board Member Commitment Pledge

I, [Name of Board Member], recognizing the important responsibility that I am undertaking in serving the board of directors of [Name of Ministry], hereby pledge to carry out in a trustworthy and diligent manner the duties and obligations in my role as a board member.

My Role.  I acknowledge that my primary roles as a board member are

  1. to contribute to the defining of the organization’s mission statement and
    governing the fulfillment of that mission, and
  2. to carry out the functions of the office of board member and/or officer as
    stated in the bylaws.

My role as a board member will be to focus on the development of broad policies that govern the implementation of institutional plans and purposes. This role is separate and distinct from the role of the administrator who determines the means of implementation.

I Pledge:

  1. to attend meetings of the board, committees, and task forces on which
    I serve. If I am unable to attend, I will contact the organization for an excused absence as soon as possible.
  2. to come prepared to discuss the issues and business to be addressed at scheduled meetings, having read the agenda and all background material.
  3. to work with and respect the opinions of my peers who serve this board, and
    to leave my personal biases out of all board discussions.
  4. to always act for the good of the organization and represent the interest of all people served by this charity.
  5. to represent this organization in a positive and supportive manner at all times.
  6. to observe the parliamentary procedure and display courteous conduct in all board, committee, and task force meetings.
  7. to refrain from intruding on administrative issues that are the responsibility of management, except to monitor and evaluate the results.
  8. to avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest between my position as a board member and my personal life—including using my position to the advantage of my friends and business associates. If such a conflict does arise, I will declare that conflict before the board and refrain from voting on matters in which I have a conflict.
  9. to support in a positive manner all actions taken by the board of directors even when I am in a minority position on such actions.
  10. to participate in strategic planning retreats, board self-evaluation programs, and board development workshops, seminars, and other educational events that enhance my skills as a board member.
  11. to keep confidential information confidential.
  12. to never exercise my authority as a board member except when acting in a meeting with the full board or as the board delegates me to act.

If for any reason I find myself unable to carry out the above duties as best I can, I agree to promptly notify the board and management before resigning my position as a board member.




                                                                                             Board member’s signature




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