Individual Board Members - Sample Position Description


  • Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events
  • Be informed about the organization's mission, services, policies, and programs
  • Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments
  • Make a personal financial contribution to the organization
  • Inform others about the organization
  • Suggest possible nominees to the board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field
  • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
  • Refrain from making special requests of the staff
  • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements

Personal characteristics to consider

  • Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group
  • Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself
  • Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization
  • Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, a sense of humor.


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