When Should You Pay Nonprofit Board Members?

Most for-profit companies compensate the directors who serve on their boards. But not-for-profit board members generally serve on a voluntary basis. However, there are circumstances in which you might want to consider compensating those who serve on your board. Advantages and drawbacks Board member compensation comes with several pros and cons to consider. Your organization […]

How To Codify Your Nonprofit’s Ethics

Does your not-for-profit have a code of ethical conduct? According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, establishing and enforcing an ethical code is associated with 50% lower fraud losses. Codes of conduct aren’t just about fraud prevention, though. Holding staffers and board members to an ethical code helps your nonprofit communicate its values to […]

An Advisory Board Can Complement Your Nonprofit’s Board Of Directors

Your not-for-profit has a board of directors — so why would it need an additional advisory board? There are a few reasons. Some organizations assemble advisory boards to provide expertise for a specific project, such as a fundraising campaign. Other organizations use them to give roles to major donors and prestigious supporters who may not […]

The treasurer may be your board’s most valuable asset

In many organizations, the treasurer is the board of directors’ hardest working member. Depending on the duties outlined in your organization’s bylaws, this individual might manage cash flow, act as a liaison to outside auditors and craft investment policies. A role this critical to your nonprofit’s financial health should be filled by a highly qualified […]

Nonprofit accounting is different

Carolyn, the executive director of an educational nonprofit, was thrilled, after a long search, to welcome two new members to her charity’s board of directors — both from the for-profit business world. However, she was a little concerned about a few of the comments and questions that arose in their first board meeting. It was […]

Making sure your board reflects your constituency

When nonprofits first form, they usually welcome as board members anyone who has the time and interest. But as organizations grow in size, revenue and complexity, the makeup of their boards generally must change. For example, they may want members with legal or financial expertise or to include major donors and business leaders. One critical […]

Should you pay board members?

Contrary to what many believe, it’s legal — and in some cases, necessary — to compensate nonprofit board members. For example, paying compensation can help attract well-known business leaders or people with specialized expertise. It might also be appropriate if board members are expected to invest significant time and effort in the role, or if […]