All Hands on Board: The Board of Volunteers in an All-Volunteer Organization Edit Title

You are part of a huge economic force-that of an all volunteer organization (AVO). Among other tasks, members of AVOs clean up beaches, care for the dying, coach basketball teams, advocate for gun control, rescue abused animals, raise their voices in song, publish literary journals, raise scholarship funds, preserve local history, serve as volunteer fire departments, change public perception about the disabled and help adoptees find their birth parents. They make our communities, however defined, work better.
That these and countless other services are provided by volunteers and not by a paid staff member of nonprofit, business or government agency would come as a surprise to many. In fact, those of us in all-volunteer organizations do not often think of ourselves and the important economic and social force that we are.
In all AVOs there is all a group of people who have volunteered to not only do the work, but be responsible for the organization: the board. The maintain the organizations legal and ethical responsibilities as well as providing guidance, management and leadership.
This handbook explains these two types of responsibilities and provides a checklist that helps assess the work of the board.

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