ARTICLE V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SECTION 1. GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES
The business and affairs of FPSPI shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board, except as may be otherwise provided in FPSPI’s Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws. The responsibilities and authority of the Board shall be general but shall be limited by those responsibilities reserved to the Affiliate Council or delegated to committees pursuant to these Bylaws or applicable law.
The Board shall, among other things:
(a) annually adopt an operating budget for FPSPI and its subsidiaries, establish the rates for International Conference participation fees, and approve unbudgeted expenditures in excess of US$20,000;
(b) hire, annually review the job performance of, and if necessary terminate the employment of an Executive Director;
(c) make recommendations to the Affiliate Council regarding the items listed at subsections (c) through (f) of section 4 of article IV of these Bylaws;
(d) adopt temporary amendments to the Policies and Rules of FPSPI, which amendments shall expire at the conclusion of the next annual Affiliate Council meeting unless approved as a permanent amendment before then by the Affiliate Council, provided that the Board may not enact as such a temporary amendment any item that was proposed to and rejected by the Affiliate Council as a permanent amendment within the past twelve months;
(e) adopt, and from time to time amend, Financial Policies and Personnel Policies, as those terms are defined in Article VII of these Bylaws, provided that in the event of a conflict between such policies and the Policy Handbook, the terms of the Policy Handbook shall prevail;
(f) grant and terminate the accreditation of Affiliate Programs, and define their geographic regions, as provided in article IV of these Bylaws;
(g) approve the creation of subsidiaries of FPSPI and provide for the management thereof; and
(h) engage in strategic planning for the benefit of FPSPI, its Affiliate Programs and their intended beneficiaries.
Adapted from 501 Commons – Best Practices for Nonprofit Boards
• Attend at least 80% of all Board meetings by phone or in person
• Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings
• Serve on committees and take on special assignments as needed. This includes taking an active role on committees, responding to committee emails in a timely manner, participating in committee work, etc.
• Remain informed about FPSPI’s mission, services, and policies and promote FPSPI
• Provide support and advice to the staff but avoid interfering in management activities
• Suggest nominees and participate in board recruitment
• Support the organization by representing the organization in the community and with sponsors