- •Because the law gives up so much money in the tax exempt status of non profits, there
are certain requirements upon the board of trustees.
- •They must act as guardians of the public trust, thus they are trustees. They are to act in
the interest of the people.
- •They are accountable to state government, federal government, and to the public.
- •They are expected to serve without monetary compensation, besides reimbursement for
out of pocket expenses.
- •It is their job to make sure that the organization is carrying out their missions as
articulated in the articles of incorporation and that their financial activities are legal and
proper given federal and state requirements
Responsibilities and Duties of Trustees
- •Determine the organizations mission and set policies for its operation, ensuring that the
provisions of the organizations charter and the law are being followed
- •Set the organization's overall program from year to year and engage in longer range
planning to establish its general course for the future
- •Establish fiscal policy and boundaries with budgets and financial controls
- •Provide adequate resources for the activities of the organization through direct financial
contributions and a commitment to fund raising
- •Select, evaluate, and if necessary terminate the appointment of the chief executive
- •Develop and maintain a communication link to the community promoting the work of an
- •DUTIES DO NOT INCLUDE: engaging in the day to day operations, hire staff other than
the CEO, and make detailed programmatic decisions without consulting staff
- •Boards must draft the articles of incorporation and the bylaws
- •An organizations articles of incorporation or charter should be reviewed every three years
- •The bylaws ;serves as an organizations operating constitution
- •They too should be updated periodically
- •It is also useful to develop training materials like training manuals for staff and for