This elite force, known as The Board Police, works mostly undercover, passing themselves off as ordinary citizens serving on unsuspecting boards looking to identify boards or individual board members guilty of governance crimes or misdemeanours.
Here are the top crimes we want you to be on the lookout for!
Loitering - You know what it means to loiter, it’s to stand idly about or linger aimlessly. It is reported that a high percentage of nonprofits’ board members are accused of this crime!
Impersonating a board officer - In many meetings, you may have difficulty spotting the board officers.
Dereliction of Duty - This one may require some detective work as the most flagrant violators rarely show up at meetings.
Þ Be careful: However, exercise care here, as taking too much interest may certainly out you as an undercover operative!
Harassment – includes any kind of behaviour that is intended to annoy, disturb, alarm, torment, upset, or terrorize another.
Disorderly conduct - Reports exist of instances where a few board members get so worked up that they become verbally abusive and begin shouting at others in the room.
Misappropriation of focus – We know you’re familiar with misappropriation of funds — which itself is a serious crime. However, misappropriation of focus is also serious, but often undetected.
Conspiracy - You may not witness this at first as it takes time to earn the trust of the conspirators and be taken into their confidence. Conspiracy occurs when two or more people get together to plot and plan a course of action.
Þ You’ll know you’re in when you get invited to the “special meeting” of the select board members.
Obstruction of governance – any act or action that distracts the board from having substantive discussions or decisions about important issues or policies to move the organization forward in a strategic manner.
Þ They are all ploys to prevent real governance from occurring.
We need you to be diligent in your work!
This article is an extract from: Crimes and Misdemeanours of Nonprofits Boards