Getting Involved!

Title: Henderson Equality Center Board of Directors, non-Executive Directors.

Term: 2 year term


General Expectations

•Become knowledgeable about the organization, i.e., its programs, policies and services.

•Become informed about the needs of the community and our constituents.

•Keep the staff informed about any concerns the community has.

•Establish policies for administering the program and services that are in harmony with the purpose of the agency.

•Represent the agency at community events, organizations and with private individuals. Speak proudly and positively about Equality Nevada.

•Serve in leadership positions or undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically when asked.

•Recruit possible nominees to the board who can make contributions to the work of the board and the organization.

•Serve as a member of at least one committee.

•Evaluate annual organization performance and maintain progress towards long-range organizational goals.

•Provide references for potential volunteer prospects and fundraising possibilities.

•Attend Equality Nevada hosted events annually, including swearing in ceremonies, fundraisers, training sessions and sponsored events.



•Prepare for and participate in board and committee meetings, including appropriate organizational activities.

•Ask timely and substantive questions at board and committee meetings consistent with member’s conscience and convictions, while supporting the majority decision on issues decided by the board.

•Maintain confidentiality of the board’s closed sessions, and speak on behalf of the board or organization only when authorized to do so.

•Suggest agenda items periodically for board and committee meetings to ensure that significant policy-related matters are addressed. Relationships with Staff.

•Offer support and assistance to staff when appropriate.

•Be respectful of staff time and request of favors.

•Employ and evaluate the performance of the Executive Directors.


Avoiding Conflicts

•Serve the organization as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency.

•Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass the Board or the organization, and disclose any possible conflicts to the Board in a timely fashion.

•Maintain independence and objectivity and do what a sense of fairness, ethics and personal integrity dictate even though not necessarily obliged to do so by law, regulation, or custom.

•Never accept (or offer) favors or gifts from (or to) anyone who does business with the organization.


Fiduciary Responsibilities

•Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements and otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility.

•Ensure that the financial affairs of the agency are conducted in a responsible way and in accordance with established policies.


Fund Raising

•Assist in resource development by implementing fund-raising strategies through personal influence with others.

•Secure funds required for current expenses by mobilizing the entire volunteer and staff forces for active participation in funding efforts.