Nonprofit Board and Staff Responsibilities — Test Your Knowledge

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    Board and Staff Responsibilities —
    Test Your Knowledge

    Use the following table to test your
    knowledge of the differences between the roles of the board and
    staff of a nonprofit organization. Under the column titled “Responsibility”,
    note if the activity is:

    Then compare your answers to the table
    at Board and Staff Responsibilities.




    Director the process of planning |
    Provide input to long range goals |
    Approve long range goals |
    Formulate annual objectives |
    Approve annual objectives |
    Prepare performance reports on achievement of goals and
    Monitor achievement of goals and objectives |


    Assess stakeholder (customers, community) needs |
    Train volunteer leaders (nonprofit-specific) |
    Oversee evaluation of products, services and programs |
    Maintain program records; prepare program reports |
    Prepare preliminary budget |
    Finalize and approve budget |
    See that expenditures are within budget during the year |
    Solicit contributions in fundraising campaigns (nonprofit-specific) |
    Organize fundraising campaigns (nonprofit-specific) |
    Approve expenditures outside authorized budget |
    Insure annual audit of organization accounts |


    Employ Chief Executive |
    Direct work of the staff |
    Hire and discharge staff member |
    Decision to add staff |
    Settle discord among staff |


    Interpret organization to community |
    Write news stories |
    Provide organization linkage with other organizations |


    Appoint committee members |
    Call Committee Chair to urge him/her into action |
    Promote attendance at Board/Committee meetings |
    Recruit new Board members |
    Plan agenda for Board meetings |
    Take minutes at Board meetings |
    Plan and propose committee organization |
    Prepare exhibits, material and proposals for Board and
    Sign legal documents |
    Follow-up to insure implementation of Board and Committee
    Settle clash between Committees |

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