Board of Directors

Since 1968, local community action agencies have been required to have tripartite governing boards to gain and retain designation as eligible entities and to receive CSBG funding.

Effective tripartite boards reflect and promote the unique anti-poverty leadership, action, and mobilization responsibilities assigned by law to community action agencies. Boards are responsible for assuring that agencies continue to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family and community outcomes, and remain administratively and fiscally sound.

The nature of poverty and our nation’s response to it continues to evolve. Many community action agencies are in the process of passing the baton to a new generation of leaders. This Information Memorandum restates and amplifies how tripartite boards help preserve community action focus, effectiveness, and accountability in these changing times. (IM82)


Leading a Nonprofit Organization: Tips and Tools for Executive Directors and Team Leaders

Tools and Resources for Building and Maintaining an Effective Board of Directors

Council On Non-Profits: Sample policies and guidance

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits

A very extensive list of nonprofit and board resources; lots of great examples and templates

Guidance Documents

Board Guidance Documents