Determining the organization’s programs and services.
Approving the strategic plan.
2. Monitoring the organization’s operations:
Electing the Executive Director
Hiring and periodically evaluating the organization’s executive director.
Working with and providing support to the executive.
Approving the annual budget, annual report, etc.
Approving major contracts and grants.
Soliciting and reviewing program evaluations.
Troubleshooting as necessary.
3. Serving as a public figure for the organization
Fundraising, by directly donating to the non-profit and soliciting donations from others.
Advocating for the organization.
4. Fulfilling other board responsibilities
Documenting policies and decisions to create an organizational memory.
Preparing for and attending board meetings.
Researching and discussing issues before decisions are made.
Replacing and orienting board members when a vacancy arises
Attend functions held by the organization.
A critically important part of good board management is ensuring the availability of adequate funds. What specifically should TSTA board members do in this regard? As a nonprofit board member, you have four fundraising responsibilities:
1. To make a financial contribution to the extent of your capacity. Some board members can make only token gifts annually; others can give $5 million. Each of you should make a "stretch" gift every year regardless of specific amount. Other funders- particularly foundations and major donors- will consider making contributions only if everyone on the board has made a capacity gift. It is much easier to ask for money if you have put your money where your mouth is!
2. To solicit contributions from your friends, relatives and colleagues. The most important reason that a person makes his or her first contribution to a nonprofit organization is that the right person asks. You should be prepared to approach the individuals on your Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan or Solstice card list on behalf of your organization. These approaches may be for direct mail contributions, seats at special events, major gifts or planned gifts.
3. To assist with recruitment of new members to your board of directors with the clout and connections to ensure the success of the fundraising effort. In order to achieve "critical mass" when it comes to fundraising, your board must contain at least a few people of means who have the ability to make sizeable contributions and the desire to "put the arm" on friends and colleagues. "Peer-to-peer" fundraising is the name of the game.
4. To oversee your organization's fundraising efforts. As a board member, it is not your responsibility to write grant proposals or enter donor information in the database (unless you are without a staff). You are responsible, however, for making sure that your organization is pursuing funds by every appropriate means. The board mandates the preparation of a written fundraising plan and reviews fundraising activities periodically to ensure timely and comprehensive implementation of the plan.