How Charity Boards Work

A charity can't get to its business of helping others unless it has a board in place.
A charity can't get to its business of helping others unless it has a board in place.
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Charity boards are the core group of people who guide, direct and run charitable, or nonprofit, organizations. They don't necessarily conduct fundraising duties or make the day-to-day decisions for the organization. But they're the ones who steer the charity's resources where they think they should go. In short, the charity board members may not be the foot soldiers, but they're the generals.

Charity boards are often stocked with prominent members of the community, and for good reason. Local pillars don't just lend an air of authority to an organization, they also contribute their individual expertise as well as a network of other people with skills and information. Board members like the work because it's an excellent way for them to become involved in the community.

A charity can't be founded without a charity board. That's because the board has oversight over paid employees and executives, and may even be in charge of hiring them. Board members are the organization's top resource for skills. For example, it might be a good idea to have an accountant on the board in case there are any accounting issues. A newspaper editor board member could use his or her media influence to spread word about the charity.

In this article, we'll take a look at how charity boards are formed, organized and what they do for a nonprofit organization. A solid, well-organized, well-oiled charity board leads to an effective and efficient charity organization. Learn more on the next page.