Board Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is the highest level of decision-making and authority in our organization. Its primary role is one of oversight, leadership and policy setting.​

The Board employs an Executive Director(s) who is responsible for the day-to-day agency operations including:​

  • all aspects of service delivery ​
  • management and support of governance policies
  • assisting the Board with strategic plan development ​
  • management of human resource
  • fund development
  • communications strategies

To fulfill its governance role, the Board of Directors will:

  • Develop, review and change the agency’s governing documents and/or governance model (as required)​
  • Keep a focus on risk management by understanding what the risks are and take measures to reduce or eliminate risk exposure
  • Make policy decisions that provide direction to the agency’s operations​
  • Update, periodically, the strategic plan and related business plans for the Board’s work​
  • Approve the budget for operations – exercising fiduciary responsibility through budget oversight​
  • Assure the agency’s financial stability​
  • Recruit dedicated and ambitious directors to help continue the Board’s work​

An effective Board of Directors is critical to the health, success, and sustainability of our organization. Financial oversight, compliance, risk assessment, communications, evaluation and sustainability are all important components of a Board’s work. Board Members commit to the following:

  • Regularly attend scheduled Board meetings and participate in a meaningful way​
  • Come prepared to meetings, having read materials and reviewed financial updates to identify critical questions
  • Participate in at least one committee or working group ​
  • Take part in Board training opportunities that may arise​
  • Treat Board discussions as confidential​
  • Contribute, according to their ability, contacts, resources and other commitments, to the support of the agency​
  • Participate in fund development activities​ and engage your network to do the same
  • Fulfill commitments within agreed upon time lines​
  • Provide support to the Executive Director, staff and other team members – particularly in times of crisis​
  • Serve as an advocate and ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community – find opportunities to discuss your involvement in the organization with your colleagues, clients, friends and associates