Nominations are open now through August 30, 2019 for six (6) seats on the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board
of Directors. Nominees must be Chamber members in good standing and you may nominate yourself. Three of the seats will be elected by the membership
and three seats will be appointed by the board.
Chamber board members are elected to three-year terms. Board officers are elected by the board at the January board meeting.
What are the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards?
Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards
- Determine mission and purpose. It is the board's responsibility to create and review a statement of mission and purpose that
articulates the organization's goals, means, and primary constituents served.
- Select the chief executive. Boards must reach consensus on the chief executive's responsibilities and undertake a careful
search to find the most qualified individual for the position.
- Support and evaluate the chief executive. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional
support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.
- Ensure effective planning. Boards must actively participate in an overall planning process and assist in implementing and
monitoring the plan's goals.
- Monitor and strengthen programs and services. The board's responsibility is to determine which programs are consistent with
the organization's mission and monitor their effectiveness.
- Ensure adequate financial resources. One of the board's foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the
organization to fulfill its mission.
- Protect assets and provide proper financial oversight. The board must assist in developing the annual budget and ensuring
that proper financial controls are in place.
- Build a competent board. All boards have a responsibility to articulate prerequisites for candidates, orient new members,
and periodically and comprehensively evaluate their own performance.
- Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
- Enhance the organization's public standing. The board should clearly articulate the organization's mission, accomplishments,
and goals to the public and garner support from the community.
- Source: Richard T. Ingram, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, Second Edition (BoardSource 2009).
Contact the Chamber
Email: Tom@CamdenRockland.com or call 207-596-0376.