Efficient use of time during a board meeting is essential. However, some items
require in-depth research and discussion. Delegating specific assignments to
committees can be an effective way to make use of limited resources.
Each committee should have a clear description of the purpose of the committee. Committees should have no authorization to make decisions on behalf of the board. Rather, committees should make recommendations for full board review and a vote.
Current guidance on nonprofit practices suggests that the only standing committee be
focused on board development, recruitment and orientation to emphasize that this must be an ongoing process. Other committees can be created on an ad hoc basis to fulfill a short-term need. That said, common board committees include:
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