Board Service; What is my role?

Over the past few months, we’ve had several requests to facilitate training for boards of directors. Just last week, I met with a relatively newly formed board. They were receptive, attentive, and appreciative of the nuggets of information I shared.

Source: National Council of Nonprofits


Board governance is the primary purpose of a board. They aren’t tasked with handling the day-to-day activities, such as staffing. Every training I’ve done has been organized by a competent, engaged director hired by the board. Boards should focus on the mission of the organization, be transparent and make financial decisions that are in the best interest of the organization.

Being a board member holds many benefits. A few of those are:

  • Giving back to the community
  • Opportunities to network
  • Help drive the mission of the organization
  • A chance to have your opinions heard and used

Check out Board Roles and Responsibilities from the National Council of Nonprofits for more insight into board operations. Also, a book we typically recommend for board members is Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High.

Are you a member of a board? Is your organization governed by a board? Reach out to us at HPC today if we can help with training.

Taylor Simmons