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