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Authority and Responsibility
The Board of Directors is the legal authority for CASA of Cowley County, Inc. As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

  1. Commitment to the mission of the organization.
  2. Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance: policy, programs, personnel and advocacy.
  3. Willingness to serve on committees.
  4. Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  5. Attendance at meetings of assigned committees.
  6. Support of and participation in all fundraising events.
  7. Support of and attendance at yearly appreciation event.
  8. An annual financial gift.

  • General
    • Become knowledgeable about the organization.
    • Serve in leadership positions or undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically when asked.
    • Keep the director informed about any concerns the community has.
    • Follow trends in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields.
    • Recruit possible nominees to the board who are clearly women and men of achievement and distinction and who can make contributions to the work of the board and the organization.
    • Bring a sense of humor to the board’s deliberations.
  • Meetings
    • Prepare for and participate in board and committee meetings, including appropriate organizational activities.
    • Ask timely and substantive questions at board and committee meetings consistent with their conscience and convictions, while supporting the majority decision on issues decided by the board.
    • Maintain confidentiality of the board’s executive sessions, and to speak for the board only when authorized to do so.
    • Suggest agenda items periodically for board and committee meetings to ensure that significant policy-related matters are addressed.
  • Relationship with Staff
    • Offer support and assistance to the director when appropriate.
    • Avoid asking for special favors of the staff, including requests for extensive information, without at least prior consultation with the director.
  • Avoiding Conflicts
    • Serve the organization as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency.
    • Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass the board of the organization, and disclose any possible conflicts to the board in a timely fashion.
    • Maintain independence and objectivity and do what a sense of fairness, ethics and personal integrity dictate even though not necessarily obliged to do so by law, regulation or custom.
    • Never accept, or offer, favors or gifts from, or to, anyone who does business with the organization.
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities
    • Exercise prudence with the board in the control and transfer of funds.
    • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements and otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility
  • Fundraising
    • Give an annual gift to the organization.
    • Assist in resource development by implementing fundraising strategies through personal influence with others.
Directors are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Directors serve a three-year term and may be elected to two consecutive terms.

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