The board chair presides over the foundation’s board of directors and serves as the contact point for every trustee on board issues. The board chair may also be referred to as the chair, chairman, president, or other title of the foundation’s choosing. He or she is responsible for:
- Working closely with the foundation’s executive director—if the foundation has staff;
- Ensuring that board members fulfill their responsibilities;
- Running effective meetings, including helping the board to reach consensus;
- Setting goals and objectives for the board, ensuring that they are achieved;
- Engaging all trustees in committee activities and assigning committee chairs;
- Motivating trustees to attend meetings; and
- Cultivating a pipeline of potential trustees.
Some of the important qualities of a board chair include being:
- Knowledgeable about the foundation and board practices;
- Approachable and available;
- Good at listening; and
- Respected as a member of the community.