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Board Responsibilities

The mission of the Berkeley Student Cooperative is to provide a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, thereby providing an educational opportunity for students who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education.”

Resources

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Role of the board

Briefing document outlining the duties and responsibilities of a co-operative board

The Essential Company Director

An essential guide on the duties and responsibilities of a co-operative Company Director

Director Role Profile

An example role profile for a director of a co-operative board

Board Responsibilities: The Basics

This article outlines in clear detail the legal and ethical duties of the nonprofit board. “The key to avoiding failure,” the author explains, “is the way the organization is managed. And at the very top of the management pyramid is the board of directors.”

The Circle of Responsibilities for Co-op Boards

All boards of directors are under increasing pressure to perform well and justify their decisions. Cooperative boards are no exception. But increasing scrutiny of director behavior is not always accompanied by better information about exactly what directors are supposed to do and how they are to perform their many duties.

Duties and Responsibilities of Cooperative Board Members

Members of the board of directors of a cooperative have the same duties and responsibilities as do board members of any other business. In addition, they have a few other responsibilities that are unique to cooperative board members.

The Effective Nonprofit Board

Nonprofit boards of directors are often criticized for evidencing too little interest in their organizations, or -- the opposite problem -- for micro-managing. In the first case, the board is not doing enough for the organization: not raising enough money, not evaluating the executive director, not setting policy, not giving direction.

Functions And Duties Of Co-op Boards

Every organization comes equipped with some general statements about its primary goals -- its main objectives. In housing co-ops some general statements are usually found in their Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and Information Bulletin. But generalities are really not good enough. If a housing co-op is to maintain and hopefully strengthen the active support of its members, it should develop more specific and hopefully more easy to remember guidelines covering its

The Legal Responsibilities Of A Board

The overarching legal responsibilities of a non-profit Board are to ensure that the organization stays true to its mission, operates effectively, and acts in the best interests of its stakeholders. Within the context of this legal mandate:

What They Are and The Role Of Members & Directors

This is an educational guide for teaching basic information about cooperatives. It explains what cooperatives are—their business, principle, and structural characterizations, and the responsibilities and roles of cooperative members, directors, managers, and employees.

Training For The Co-op Board Of Directors

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible, benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative, and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

The Manual as an Orientation Tool and Guide

The Board Manual: An Orientation and Resource Tool The foundation of a committed, knowledgeable, and effective board is orientation and education. As an essential companion to orientation and education, every organization should have a thorough, easy to use manual that board members can use throughout their terms.

The Circle Of Responsibilities

All boards of directors are under increasing pressure to perform well and justify their decisions. Cooperative boards are no exception. But increasing scrutiny of director behavior is not always accompanied by better information about exactly what directors are supposed to do and how they are to perform their many duties.

Board Of Directors

The overarching legal responsibilities of a non-profit Board are to ensure that the organization stays true to its mission, operates effectively, and acts in the best interests of its stakeholders. Within the context of this legal mandate:

Prescription For Organizational Health

A similar approach can be used with an organization --- a prescription to improve health, operations and outcomes. Just as people have annual check-ups, it is good for associations1 to have periodic check-ups

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