Committees & Advisory Groups


  • What is the relationship between committees and advisory groups to the board?

  • What is a zero-based committee structure?

  • What’s the difference between a standing and an ad hoc committee?

  • How can we ensure that the committees will be effective?

  • What is the role of committee chairs?

  • What are the benefits of inviting outside members to participate on committees or advisory groups?

  • When do committees report at board meetings?

  • How can the board respond appropriately to committee reports?

  • What are the legal responsibilities of committee members and advisory groups?

  • What functional guidelines do we need for committees and advisory groups?

  • What are the roles of committees?

  • What’s the difference between a board committee and an advisory group?

  • What are some of the committees most commonly used by foundation boards?


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