Board Leadership Responsibilities & Best Practice


  • Prepare your agenda 7-5 days in advance of the meeting and, in coordination with the board Secretary, circulate the agenda to the board along with minutes from the last meeting and any documents that the board may be discussing. Copy the CKCF Affiliate Liaison and CEO on this email.
  • Follow Robert’s Rules Basics.
  • How to lead meetings:
    • Keep the meeting moving and the discussion focused with a goal of completing the business in one hour.
    • Establish committees (they might be just two people) within the board to plan events or bring nominations for new members, for example. The board does not need to serve as “committee of the whole” when it will be more efficient to have a sub-committee bring a thoughtful recommendation.
    • Ask the Secretary to include any “assignments” made to individual board members in the minutes.
    • Table discussions that become belabored until the next meeting as necessary.
  • Your Treasurer will generate financial reports, but the board chairperson should be familiar with the CKCF web-based financial reports which involves a personal log-in for access. Contact CKCF if you need assistance with this.
  • Become familiar with the Distribution Recommendation Form as you will sign for distributions, including any personal reimbursements requested by board members for expenses incurred for your foundation, for example, for an event.
  • If your foundation has a staff person, the chairperson will be informed of hours worked and  may request the staff person provide a report of activities. The chairperson is required to approve staff expense reports.
  • For Event Planning, see Event Planning/Fundraising Policy & Procedures.



The main responsibility of the Secretary is to take minutes at meetings and send them to the board within one week after the meeting, copying the CKCF Affiliate Liaison and CEO.

  • Minutes should include a list of those present, board motions or ratifications on all expenditures, including grant recommendations, election of new board members/board officers, and plans for any events.
  • Anytime your board plans an event outside of a board meeting, complete and submit the CKCF Event Fundraising Form or 60 days prior to any event.
  • Keep a spreadsheet of board members and update it annually to prepare for recruiting new members.
  • For Event Planning, see Event Planning/Fundraising Policy & Procedures.



Become familiar with the CKCF web-based financial reports, this involves a personal log-in to access.

  • Monitor the affiliate fund balances and activities.
  • Understand your Operating Fund and its uses. Maintain a balance that will cover anticipated costs for the next two-three years. As you grow, encourage donations to your operating fund.
  • Watch for donations and make sure each donor gets a hand-written thank you in addition to the gift acknowledgment letter CKCF sends. Inform the board of donor names as part of your report.
  • Monitor grants awarded from your funds as a double check.
  • As treasurer, complete forms to accompany donations and ensure safe delivery of funds to CKCF office or designate this responsibility.
  • CKCF Accounting Procedures




CKCF & Affiliate Board of Directors Orientation 2021

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