ERIC Number: EJ1007531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Pisch, Frank S.
CURRENTS, v39 n2 p24-27 Feb 2013
Being a good board member is a tough responsibility these days. Boards are under increased scrutiny in the wake of recent events regarding inappropriate oversight. Organizations send board members an ever expanding volume of material to facilitate informed decision-making. There's mounting pressure for governing boards to be strong and effective. Being a good nonprofit board member requires a significant amount of time, energy, active participation, and fundraising. Board members come to their role because of their feelings toward one's institution. They believe deeply in its mission and purpose. They want to make a difference and give back. However, boards routinely encounter ethical situations that, if handled improperly, can undermine their credibility and erode trust with students, faculty, alumni, and others within their educational community. At times board members need guidance and tools to help translate their noble intentions into principled behavior.
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Group Membership, Nonprofit Organizations, Role, Decision Making, Fund Raising, Trustees, Ethics, Donors, Conflict of Interest, Institutional Autonomy, Decision Making Skills, School Policy, Accountability, Access to Information, Disclosure, Guidance, Prosocial Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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