January 9, 2011

Yes, please write job descriptions for your committees. See examples in the Free Download Library on this website. And if it’s a board committee, your board adopts the job description. Include these components:

Committee name | Reports to (board of directors if it’s a board committee) | Composition (for example, 5 – 7 members including board members and non-board members) | Meeting frequency (don’t get carried away with meetings!) | Purpose of the committee (a couple sentences!) | Accountabilities (And now you list the specific responsibilities.)

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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