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A Series of 1-page samples, summaries and summaries, and pointers on topics that enhance nonprofit organizations 

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Anatomy of A Audit Committee

An AUDIT COMMITTEE is responsible for overseeing the organization's financial reporting process, monitoring accounting policies and principles, monitoring internal control processes, and overseeing the hiring and performance of external auditors. Since Congress adopted the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, many Boards of Directors have amended bylaws to make them the standing committee.

Anatomy of A Board Orientation

BOARD ORIENTATION is the process to inform directors of their roles and responsibilities. Ultimately, the board is responsible for the organization. A good orientation begets good board members --- plan it carefully. Without orientation, directors may have misconceptions or not understand their roles. While some boards feel an annual orientation might be excessive, the yearly discussion highlights organizational changes, increased expectations on boards, and focuses on goals and programs of work.

Anatomy of A Brand Platform

A BRAND PLATFORM is combination of statements that communicate a clear image of the organization. The make up of a brand platform will vary, though most have the following elements: • Mission Statement • Vision Statement • Values Statement • Tagline

Anatomy of A Committee

The function of a COMMITTEE is to assist the board and staff with programs and activities that advance the organization’s mission and goals. The STANDING COMMITTEES are identified in the bylaws and have a perpetual existence --- aligned with the current chief elected officer’s term of office. AD HOC COMMITTEES and task forces are appointed as needed; disbanding upon completion of their work with a narrowly defined scope. Special interest groups are another committee form.

Anatomy of A Conflict of Interest Policy

A CONFLICT OF INTEREST is a situation in which someone in a position of trust has a competing professional or personal interest. Boards are composed of persons with varied interests --- thus conflicts may arise. By understanding conflicts and requiring disclosure, the board can protect its integrity and the organization’s programs.

Anatomy of A Consent Agenda

The CONSENT AGENDA is a concept to save board time. It is a single line on the regular agenda. The consent agenda encompasses reports that require little or no action. For instance, chapter, staff and committee reports that need no discussion or motions. Technology (e-mail and board website) enhances the consent concept by providing timely advance information. Accountability is key --- reports must be deilvered in writing in a timely manner and directors must read them.

Anatomy of A Meeting Minutes

MEETING MINUTES are the permanent record of what took place at official meetings of a board or committee. They report on the actions, or lack of actions, of the board. (Their purpose is not for recording who said what nor extensive note taking.) When approved by the board, the minutes have significance for use as evidence or defense. Don't put anything into the

Anatomy of A Mission Statement

It is a board responsibility to determine and advance the organization’s mission. The strategic planning retreat is when a board reviews, affirms or updates the statement. Leaders and staff should be able to easily articulate the mission.

Anatomy of A Motion

A MOTION is a statement proposed by a qualified member of the board or committee to propose action or take a position. MOTIONS recorded in the minutes show whether or not a group took action. MOTIONS are a part of parliamentary procedure for maintaining orderly meetings. Volunteer leaders should be familiar with the fundamentals of meeting procedures by reading Robert’s Rules of Order or similar guides

Anatomy of A Policy Statement

POLICIES supplement the governing documents of an organization. They represent the recommended course of action set by an organization's governing body. The bylaws and articles of incorporation should remain broad in scope; the policies interpret and define the specifics for governing the organization.

Anatomy of A Policy Statement

POLICIES supplement the governing documents of an organization. They represent the recommended course of action set by an organization's governing body. The bylaws and articles of incorporation should remain broad in scope; the policies interpret and define the specifics for governing the organization.

Anatomy of A President's Message

A President's Message tS the communication of key information to members and stakehoklers - a dialog b-een the chief elected officer and members on a consistent basis. Take a comp rehensive approach to planning a full year of colunY1s at the start of the term. The column should represent the efforts of the leadership, sharing credit and respecting protocols. The column should not be viewed as '"'my message."

Anatomy of A Sponsor Opportunity Menu

The SPONSOR OPPORTUNITY MENU is a comprehensive approach to soliciting suppliers --- avoiding "nickel and diming" throughout the year. Most corporate budgets are set in the prior year; thus it is advantageous to create the opportunity menu by the third quarter for the next year’s activities.

Anatomy of A Succession Plan

A SUCCESSION PLAN is a document that guides the governing board in planned or emergency departure of the chief executive officer or other key positions. Planned succession is the retirement process of an executive director; emergency succession is unanticipated. A single document can address both aspect

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