Board of Directors

All board members should be familiar with all of the following information:

Federal Regulations
Tax Information for Charities & Other non-profits

Florida Laws, rules, and regulations

Chapter 617 Corporations Not for Profit
Solicitation of funds
Solicitation of Contributions

Internal Documents:


Role of the BoardResponsibilities of a Board MemberBoard Member ExpectationsBoard Member Code of ConductConflict of Interest Policy
  • PLAN STRATEGICALLY toward the future
  • ESTABLISH POLICY that guides Florida Atheists and articulates the values that frame future strategies
  • ADVOCATE for and champion Florida Athesits’s cause
  • FUNDRAISE AND GENERATE REVENUE to ensure that Florida Athesits the organization is financed properly, now and in the future.
  • Determine Florida Athesits’s Mission and Vision
  • Select the Officers
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Track progress toward meeting the results defined by the strategic plan
  • Provide for the availability of adequate resources
  • Oversee the effective management of resources
  • Approve and monitor Florida Athesits’s programs and services
  • Enhance Florida Athesits’s public image
  • Assess its own performance
  • Fulfill the roles and responsibilities of board members described above.
  • Attend meetings. Attend at least 75% of all Board meetings (in person or by phone.)
  • Attend standing committee meeting if a member. Attend Board development activities as appropriate.
  • Review the agenda and supporting materials prior to Board and committee meetings.
  • Serve on committees and take on special assignments, as needed.
  • Personally contribute to Florida Atheists or raise funds, as agreed upon annually by the Board.
  • Remain informed about Florida Atheists’s mission, services, and policies.
  • Promote Florida Atheists within the community.
  • Keep up-to-date on issues pertaining to Florida Atheists
  • Provide support and advice to the President.
  • Suggest nominees for Board membership

By accepting board membership a board member is committing to honor the following code of conduct:

  • As a board member, I shall do my utmost to ensure that the Florida Atheists performs its mission and achieves its goals.
  • As a board member I agree to:
    • Act with honesty and integrity
    • Support in a positive manner all actions taken by the board of directors even when I am in a minority position on such actions. I recognize that decisions of the board can be made only by a majority vote at a board meeting and respect the majority decisions of the board, while retaining the right to seek changes through ethical and constructive channels;
    • Participate in board self-evaluation programs, and board development workshops, seminars, and other educational events that enhance my skills as a board member.
    • Keep confidential information confidential.
    • Exercise my authority as a board member only when acting in a meeting with the full board or as I am delegated by the board.
    • Work with and respect the opinions of my peers who serve this board, and leave my personal prejudices out of all board discussions.
    • Always act for the good of the organization and represent the interests of all people served by the organization.
    • Represent this organization in a positive and supportive manner at all times.
    • Observe the parliamentary procedures and display courteous conduct in all board and committee meetings.
    • Refrain from intruding on administrative issues that are the responsibility of management, except to monitor the results of the organization.
    • Accept my responsibility for providing oversight of the financial condition of the organization.
    • Avoid acting in a way that represents a conflict of interest between my position as a board member and my personal or professional life, even if those actions appear to provide a benefit for the organization. This includes using my position for the advantage of my friends and business associates. If such a conflict does arise, I will declare that conflict before the board and refrain from voting on matters in which I have conflict.
    • Abide by these board operating procedures.
The standard of behavior at the Atheists of Florida, Inc. (DBA Florida Atheists) Organization is that all staff, volunteers, and board members scrupulously avoid conflicts of interest between the interests of the Florida Atheists Organization on one hand, and personal, professional, and business interests on the other. This includes avoiding potential and actual conflicts of interest, as well as perceptions of conflicts of interest.
I understand that the purposes of this policy are to protect the integrity of the Florida Atheists Organization’s decision-making process, to enable our constituencies to have confidence in our integrity, and to protect the integrity and reputations of volunteers, staff, and board members. Upon or before election, hiring, or appointment, I will make a full, written disclosure of interests, relationships, and holdings that could potentially result in a conflict of interest. This written disclosure will be kept on file and I will update it as appropriate.
In the course of meetings or activities, I will disclose any interests in a transaction or decision where I (including my business or other nonprofit affiliations), my family, and/or my significant other, employer, or close associates will receive a benefit or gain. After disclosure, I understand that I will be asked to leave the room for the discussion and will not be permitted to vote on the question.
We acknowledge that conflicts of loyalty sometimes arise that do not involve financial gain. We encourage (but do not require) that relationships and affiliations that might result in a future conflict of loyalty be disclosed, such as serving on other nonprofit boards or for-profit boards. We know that relationships and affiliations have potential for both conflicts of loyalty and collaborative benefits, and open discussion of such situations allows for informed and thoughtful choices.

I understand that this policy is meant to supplement good judgment, and I will respect its spirit as well as its wording.


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