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Guest Bonnie Bailey

The expectation of a Nonprofit Board Chair/President is to share information that impacts Board voting among all members of Board. Unfortunately, there are Board Chairs/Presidents who share information selectively, keeping only those who support his/her agenda informed of all essential documents regarding a Board vote of all members. Other than the organization's Code of Ethics and the internal metrics of fairness and focus on the organization's mission we hope our elected/appointed officials bring to the office, are there any rules that require the Nonprofit Board Chair/President to share information that impacts Board voting with all members of the Board?

 

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 . . . are there any rules that require the Nonprofit Board Chair/President to share information that impacts Board voting with all members of the Board?

 

The answer might depend on just what those "essential documents" are. If, for example, a document is sent (via the chair) to the board (as a body), the chair would be obligated to share it with the board, not just selected board members. It's not, as far as I know, a specific rule in RONR, it's just that such documents belong to the board, not the chair. The best remedy might be to replace the secretive chair (which, if a majority of the members are being left in the dark, should be achievable).

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