Committee Charters Field Guide

All board committees should have a charter – a description of the committee’s purpose and authority. One person, generally the board secretary, should have primary responsibility for drafting charters as directed by the board. This helps the board have a consistent approach for how charters are written. Committee charters should include: The lifespan of the committee (An ad hoc committee should exist only as [...]

Great Idea: Create an Ambassador Committee

  The New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, Florida, formed a committee of its board of directors to do outreach to elected officials in local governance. Their purpose is to introduce the co-op to the legislators in their area and let them know about their activities in the community. The idea to pursue this came out of their board retreat last fall when board secretary-treasurer [...]

Taking Care of Board Fundamentals

By Joel Kopischke 164 Jan-Feb 2013 As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. When boards of directors consider their duties—ensuring organizational accountability, setting strategic direction, providing board perpetuation, engaging ownership—the broader strategic initiatives typically are the "juiciest" and draw the most interest, connecting to why people are passionate about co-ops. However, regardless [...]