The Director's & Officer's Guide to Advisory Boards

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1. No formal standing committees shall be established.
2. Ad hoc committees and working groups shall be formed from time to time, as the need arises.
3. Individually, members of the Board of Associates shall be invited to serve, from time to time, as associate members of existing or special committees of the Board of Trustees.
II. Program
A. Meetings The Board of Associates shall hold at least two meetings each year.
B. Special Projects

The Board of Associates, or selected persons from its membership, shall undertake, from time to time, special projects involving various segments of the life of the College. In addition to self-initiated work, projects may also be invited by the Board of Trustees or the administration.

C. General Responsibilities

Members of the Board of Associates shall be expected to:

1. Participate in special Board projects and major college events.
2. Serve as hosts for the College in individual geographic areas for the purpose of student recruitment and financial resource development.
3. Officially represent the College, as requested, at local functions such as installations or inaugurations of church officials and college or university presidents.
4. Be alert for opportunities to attract financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations outside the College's close constituencies.
5. Utilize personal influence, prestige, and energies to advance __________ College in association with the Board of Trustees and the President of the College and his colleagues.
6. Act as ambassadors for __________, telling the College story and extending a positive image of the institution.
7. Acquire and maintain a thorough knowledge of the College and its purpose and objective.

An understanding of the aims and goals of the inviting non-profit- seeking organization is necessary before accepting an invitation to volunteer one's advisory service. The situation in the nonprofit sector is often as described in the old German proverb: "Less advice and more hands" are what is really needed.

Kenheth Karst, "The Efficiency of the Charitable Dollar: An Unfilled State Responsibility," Harvard Law Review 73, 3 ( January 1960), p. 436.


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