Passion and Professionalism: Legal Duties of a Volunteer Board

Effective not-for-profit boards possess a winning combination of passion and professionalism. It is crucial that all board members understand the personal legal responsibilities they assume when they become a director of a board. Regardless of their connection to the cause, a person should not accept a directorship or remain as director without the appropriate skills and competence to perform their role.

Boards can assist their directors in meeting their legal obligations by having clear policies, conducting regular training and reviews of their board, and identifying any gaps in knowledge and skills. This process is usually led by the secretary and the chair of the board.

All directors should be familiar with the basic director’s duties, which apply to each director, while office holders such as secretary and treasurer attract additional duties.

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