A Board of Directors Membership contract is used when recruiting new board members to your non-profit organization. The primary function of the agreement is to outline the responsibilities and roles of the members in the Board of Directors and to secure the membership of the incoming Board Member. Below is an outline of the necessary sections of the agreement that can be used a template and tailored to your own non-profit organization’s needs.
Introduction to the Organization
The contract should begin with the name of your organization, followed by the organization’s Mission Statement. Remember that people who participate in non-profit work do so because they truly believe in the values of the organization, so use this part of the contract as an opportunity to inspire your new member and remind them of the goal of the board.
Statement of Values
Next, create an outline of the core values of your organization. This list should include four to eight different statements, depending on the type of non-profit you have. The immediate benefit of this section is to reinforce the organization’s Mission Statement with more actionable detail, and the secondary benefit is to hold the existing Board of Directors of the scope and objectives of your non-profit organization.
The next section, Board Composition, should be a list of the directors that currently make up the board. Remember, it is the board’s responsibility to determine the skills and expertise required to govern the organization, and your new member should fit within this profile.
Follow this with a list of Board Responsibilities. Make sure to clarify that the new board member will be held jointly liable for the actions of the organization and will be taking on legal responsibilities as well as practical ones.
The Board Responsibilities section should include detailed information about the board’s oversight.
The board should have an active oversight of:
You can conclude this section with a stipulation that the board members must express and demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization.
Individual Member Responsibilities
Next, outline the Individual Member Responsibilities, which may include clauses such as the below.
Close the contract with a signature line and date and distribute a copy to the member and to the board for its records.
You can adjust any sections as desired, as long as you include all responsibilities, both practical and legal, and make the objectives of the board and the roles within it clear for everyone. You might arrange that board itself approve of updates to the agreement and certainly of the criteria for new members.
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