The contract of the members of the board of directors (sometimes called a “memorandum of understanding”) is an instrument for setting expectations at an early stage. A board member contract is a written agreement that sets out the organization`s expectations of board members. While not intended to serve as legally enforceable contracts, board contracts or MOUs help set clear expectations. In extreme cases, they can serve as a basis for eliminating chronically weak board members. Setting clear expectations helps board members know what is expected of them and helps the board hold members who don`t get their weight to account. Share your board`s experience with consulting contracts in the comments. All boards make recruitment mistakes. You look carefully at and enthusiastically elect a new board member. You keep an orientation, you inform about the organization`s programs, set meeting dates a year in advance and yet the new member does not meet expectations. They don`t show up for meetings, skip fundraising events, avoid committee work, and hold a valuable place on the board. Board contracts should be adapted to reflect the organization`s core values, address all areas that have caused friction in the past, and recall all expectations for fundraising. For example, if an organization has a minimum fundraiser – “give or get,” the board membership contract is the perfect place to remember that. Among the general expectations regarding the consulting contract are the following:.
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