The Board of Directors of Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Pennsylvania law requires board members to discharge duties: “... in good faith, in a manner in which he or she reasonably believes to be in the best interest of the corporation, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, skill, and diligence as a person of ordinary prudence would use under similar circumstances.” All AVP board members are required to fulfill this legal and fiduciary obligation. The roles and responsibilities outlined below are intended to guide each current and prospective board member, and to provide an understanding of what is expected from the board above and beyond the legal requirements.
I. Recognition of the Mission
Members of the Board of Directors are expected to understand and support AVP’s mission, serve as ambassadors for AVP, and lend advice and expertise to AVP’s Executive Director. Board members, therefore, should be familiar with the following:
II. General Oversight And Strategic Direction
Although the Board of Directors is not expected to make day-to-day operating decisions, it must perform certain critical oversight functions, in addition to those listed above:
III. Fiscal Oversight
The Board of Directors must provide broad fiscal oversight, including the adoption of an annual budget, quarterly review of revenue and expenses, and review of tax forms and audits. Board members are expected to serve in a fiduciary capacity, utilizing their judgment and discretion for the benefit of AVP.
IV. Fundraising And Development
As a non-profit organization, fundraising and development are vital to the success of AVP. One of the most important functions of the board is to assist and oversee AVP’s fundraising efforts. Consistent with this, all board members are expected to do the following:
V. Length Of Terms
By agreeing to serve Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, a member of the Board of Directors agrees to participate in one (1) three-year term. A board member may serve two (2) consecutive three-year terms for a total of six (6) years.
The Board of Directors of Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization. Pennsylvania law requires board members to discharge duties: “... in good faith, in a…