The FCF Board of Directors is the final legal authority over the entire foundation, and projects are responsible for following all FCF policies and procedures. FCF's Board of Directors gives final approval of any significant changes related to the project description or changes in the project director. The FCF Board of Directors delegates most ongoing accountability to the project boards. These boards meet once a quarter and function under one of the following two board structures:
Board-Advised Projects - These boards do not have governing authority. All aspects of project leadership are vested in the project director. Each board member is responsible for advising the director, including but not limited to providing input to annual goals and the annual budget and providing general support to the project. Most projects have this kind of board.
Board-Led Projects - These boards have governing authority. The board will have authority over specific aspects of project leadership defined in the agreed-upon project description. All other aspects of project leadership not assigned to the project board are vested in the project director. This board is best suited for projects in transition.
Project board members support the project by encouraging the director and staff, proposing solutions to problems, suggesting ways to thrive and progress, and praying for the project and those it serves. We also encourage board members to contribute financially or promote the project to potential donors. If a project is not operating ethically or legally or following FCF policy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If a board member has concerns about the annual budget or other financial issues, contact email@example.com.
Project boards must consist of at least 5 people and no more than 3 from the project itself. FCF leadership works together with the project director to select qualified leaders who bring skills and experience to the board. The majority of the board members should be people in the local area of the project who can visit in person and who understand the operational and cultural challenges of the project.
If a project board member resigns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a replacement member.
Board meeting minutes and any relevant documents discussed at the meeting need to be submitted to email@example.com. For a minutes template, click here. These minutes are securely archived and accessible to the FCF Board of Directors.