Resource Details

This toolkit will assist the board of directors and staff at nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault organizations in understanding the basic elements for building the capacity of their volunteer boards of directors. This toolkit provides a general summary of each element along with links to sample tools and resources that can be adapted to your specific organizational needs. This toolkit addresses the following elements for your board of directors:

  • Board roles and responsibilities;
  • Commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression;
  • Board composition, recruitment, and diversity (including sample Boardmember job descriptions, application, and contract);
  • Financial management;
  • Conflict of interest and whistleblower policies;
  • Executive director compensation;
  • Fundraising;
  • Board development and ongoing education;
  • Board assessment and evaluation (including sample tools); and
  • Organizational trauma.

Additionally, this toolkit should be used in tandem with the supplemental board of directors’ resources developed by the Resource Sharing Project (RSP):