During the past two years, Inyathelo has worked with a number of non-profit organisations (referred to inthis book as NPOs) on their long-term financial sustainability. During this work, one key issue has dominated -- that of the role of the boards of NPOs.
Although it is clear that boards have specific duties of governance,it is often the more nuanced issues that impact on NPOs. These include the relationships between boards and the organisation's CEO; the fundraising responsibilities of boards; the extent towhich board members become involved in operational activitiesof the NPO, etc. This book, while providing a backdrop to the dutiesand responsibilities of boards, also explores some of these issues.We hope that it helps board members as well as NPO staff to finda way of working together that satisfies both.
The experiences of board members and NPO staff should be good ones. They are, after all, involved with organisations that have a positive and transforming role in South Africa. They work towards solving many social issues and needs and this should be extremely rewarding. A true partnership between board members and NPO staff, particularly the CEO, can be an extremely satisfying experience.