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  • Most festivals and events function as non-profit organizations that are under the direction of a board of directors.     Examples taken from “Special events: Inside and Out” by Robert Jackson and Steven Wood Schmader IFEA        
  • Boise River Festival: It was recommended that the Boise Board of Directors should be comprised of citizens who have repeatedly demonstrated the highest levels of the following qualities:         Acknowledged expertise in a business, professional, or community service capacity         Exceptional organizational abilities and administrative talents         Eagerness to participate in and support community endeavours         Values compatible with those of the community         Sincere desire to serve on the Board and contribute significant talent, time and effort to the event  
  • Sample selection of professionals that would be appropriate for a Festival Board.   #1 – The best administrator available, perhaps a Chief Operating Officer or President of a corporation, to serve as Board Chair   #2 – A banker, financier, or any leader in an organization pivoting on money and finance   #3 – A top-level public relations expert, publicist, advertising executive or marketing practitioner  
  • #4 – A Certified Public Accountant or an executive – level corporate comptroller or accountant   #5 – A leader in artistic or cultural pursuits, preferably in a professional capacity   #6 – A tourism-promotion executive or anyone in a position of leadership in the travel, hospitality, or leisure-time industries  
  •   #7 – A representative of law enforcement agencies   #8 – A salesperson of superior caliber   #9 – An official of a construction industry operation
  • #10 – An attorney   #11 – An official of the parks and recreation department, a representative of city government, a member of the chamber of commerce, etc.  
  • NOTES for class:         To encourage continuity and year to year improvement of the festival Board members should serve four year staggered terms as determined by the organizations by-laws. (example: some members serve 4 year terms, others one, two or three years). All members of the board will be elected and can be re-elected if the organization allows. Any member can be removed at any time by vote of majority and any new person can be named to fill the vacancies. Board members should serve as advisors on matters concerning their specalties.

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  • 1.
    • WORKING
    • WITH
    • BOARDS
  • 2. BOISE RIVER FESTIVAL
    • The following example has been taken from “Special Events: Inside or Out” by Robert Jackson and Steven Wood Schmader.
  • 3. BOISE RIVER FESTIVAL
    •         Acknowledged expertise in a business, professional, or community service capacity
    •         Exceptional organizational abilities and administrative talents
    •         Eagerness to participate in and support community endeavours
    •         Values compatible with those of the community
    •         Sincere desire to serve on the Board and contribute significant talent, time and effort to the event
  • 4. BOARD PROFESSIONALS
    • #1 – The best administrator available, perhaps a Chief Operating Officer or President of a corporation, to serve as Board Chair
    • #2 – A banker, financier, or any leader in an organization pivoting on money and finance
    • #3 – A top-level public relations expert, publicist, advertising executive or marketing practitioner
  • 5. BOARD PROFESSIONALS
    • #4 – A Certified Public Accountant or an executive – level corporate comptroller or accountant
    •  
    • #5 – A leader in artistic or cultural pursuits, preferably in a professional capacity
    •  
    • #6 – A tourism-promotion executive or anyone in a position of leadership in the travel, hospitality, or leisure-time industries
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  • 6. BOARD PROFESSIONALS
    • #7 – A representative of law enforcement agencies
    • #8 – A salesperson of superior caliber
    • #9 – An official of a construction industry operation
  • 7. BOARD PROFESSIONALS
    • #10 – An attorney
    •  
    • #11 – An official of the parks and recreation department, a representative of city government, a member of the chamber of commerce, etc.
  • 8. BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Serve 4 year staggered terms
    • All members elected and can be re-elected
    • Any member can be removed
    • Should serve as advisors on matters concerning their specialties
  • 9. BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Attend all board and committee meetings
    • Be informed about the organizations mission, polices, procedures and programs
    • Review agenda and supporting materials before meetings
    • Serve on committees and take on assignments
  • 10. BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILIES
    • Make a personal financial contribution to the organization through $ and time
    • Inform others about the organization
    • Suggest possible nominees for the board
    • Keep up to date on develops in the organizations field
    • Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
  • 11. BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Refrain from making special requests of staff
    • Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities , such as reviewing the organizations annual financial statements.
  • 12. PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS TO CONSIDER
    • Ability to: listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively, work well with people individually and in a group.
    • Willing to: prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment, contribute personal and financial resources in a generous way according to circumstances, open doors in the community, evaluate oneself.
  • 13. PERSONAL CHARACTERISITICS TO CONSIDER
    • Develop certain skills if you do not already possess them, such as to: cultivate and solicit funds, cultivate and recruit board members and other volunteers, read and understand financial statements, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
    • Possess: honesty, sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly, responsive, and patient approach, community-building skills, personal integrity, a developed sense of values, concern for your nonprofit's development, a sense of humor.