Nonprofit organizations are guided by laws created by both federal and state governments. The responsibility for overseeing the operation of the organization and assuring the organization’s conformance with the law is that of the nonprofit’s board of trustees. A board of trustees of a nonprofit organization is exactly that – a board of those entrusted with the care of the organization and is accountable to the public, not the private interests of shareholders (Bryce 2000).
The activities in which nonprofit organizations engage are diverse. The environment in which they operate is demanding, calling for an assertive body of governance to secure that the non profit’s mission is fulfilled and the organization is held accountable to its main shareholders – the people:
The trustees of a nonprofit organization represent the interests of the public. Their principal function is to set policies consistent with the public mission of the organization, select managers who can carry out the mission, and monitor the performance of the organization so that public welfare is maximized in a manner consistent with the specific mission of the organization.
Our Boards of Directors
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MEMBERS OF THE UCP of TAMPA BAY’S OPERATIONS BOARD
The Operations Board serves to advise, govern, oversee policy, offer direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of UCP of Tampa Bay, so as to support the organization’s mission and vision. Responsibilities of the Operations Board are the following;
- Organizational leadership and advisement,
- Organization of the Board of Directors, officers and committees,
- Oversight of policies and policy statements,
- Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget,
- Oversight of strategic planning and evaluation,
- Personnel evaluation and input on staff development opportunities,
- Review of organization and programmatic reports,
- Promotion of the organization,
- Fundraising and outreach.
Length of term: The length of term shall be three, three-year terms for a maximum of nine years service. One year extensions can be granted if approved by the UCP Board.
Meeting and time commitment:
- The Board of directors met the 1st Wednesday of every month except for the month of December. Meetings occur from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (Continental breakfast is served),
- Committees meet on an as needed basis to accomplish their specific tasks,
- Board members are asked to attend special events sponsored by the Foundation.
Expectation of Board members:
- Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis and special events as able,
- Participate on a committee of the board and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary,
- Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by UCP, objective and programs,
- Help communicate and promote UCP’s mission and programs to the community,
- Become familiar with finances, budget and financial resources/needs,
- Understand the procedures, by-laws structure and planning process of the organization,
- Support United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay financially, although no minimum requirement as to the amount of financial support is to be designated or established.
RESPONSIBILITIES FOR MEMBERS OF THE UCP of TAMPA BAY’S FOUNDATION BOARD
The Foundation Board exists exclusively for the benefit of UCP of Tampa Bay’s Programs. Its principal purpose being the solicitation, recording, management and disbursement of gift income to develop and expand UCP’s capabilities in client care, research and education.
- It is the responsibility of the Foundation Board of Directors to set the UCP Foundation policy, develop operational guidelines and procedures to assist in establishing specific objectives as they relate to the UCP Foundation’s primary purpose.
- Individual Foundation Board Member responsibilities are to: Believe strongly in the mission of the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay and serve as an active, public advocate of the Organization, discussing significant Foundation developments with friends, associates, and community groups.
- Serve on at least one committee of the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay Foundation Board. Work with other United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay Foundation Board Members and the Executive Director to establish policies that will ensure successful ongoing United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay’s Foundation fund raising programs that support the Organization’s long-range plans and financial requirements.
- Help identify, cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, foundation and government prospects that have the potential for supporting the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay Foundation development efforts.
- Regularly attend a majority of the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay Foundation meetings.
- Attend special events of United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay’s Foundation when the presence of the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay Foundation Directors would serve one or more useful purposes (e.g., lend stature, convey an endorsement, etc.).
- Support the United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay’s Foundation financially, although no minimum requirement as to the amount of financial support is to be designated or established.