Board Member Agreement

I understand that as a member of the Board of Directors of Community Action Network (CAN), I am a representative of the organization and have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that it does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. I believe in the purpose and the mission of CAN, and I will act responsibly and prudently as its steward.


As part of my responsibilities as a board member:

  1. I will interpret the organization's work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson.

  2. I will interpret our clients' needs, speak out for their interests, and on their behalf, hold the organization accountable.

  3. I will attend at least 75 percent of board meetings, committee meetings, and special events. I will inform the board in advance of any meetings than I cannot attend.

  4. I will excuse myself from discussions and votes where I have a conflict of interest.

  5. I will stay informed about what's going on in the organization. I will review outcomes and metrics created by CAN for evaluating its impact, and regularly measure its performance and effectiveness using those metrics.
  1. I will partner with the Executive Director and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out. As needed, I will serve on committees or task forces and take on special assignments.

  2. Each year, without having to be asked, I will make a financial contribution to the organization that is commensurate with my capacity.

  3. If I don't fulfill these commitments to the organization, I will expect the board chair to call me and discuss my responsibilities with me.

In turn, the organization will be responsible to me in the following ways:

  1. I will be sent, without having to request them, quarterly financial reports and an update of organizational activities that allow me to meet the “prudent person” standards of the law.

  2. Opportunities will be offered to me to discuss with the executive director and the board chair the organization's programs, goals, activities, and status; additionally, I can request such opportunities.

  3. The organization will help me perform my duties by keeping me informed about issues in the industry and field in which we are working and by offering me opportunities for professional development as a board member.

  4. Board members and staff will respond in a straightforward fashion to questions that I feel are necessary to carry out my fiscal, legal, and moral responsibilities to this organization. Board members and staff will work in good faith with me toward the achievement of our goals.

  5. I will be provided with protection from personal liability through CAN-acquired insurance.

  6. If the organization does not fulfill its commitments to me, I can call on the board chair and Executive Director to discuss the organization's responsibilities to me.

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