Should Charity Board Members Get Paid?

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For the board of directors to properly guide a publicly-soliciting charity, provide oversight and assist in the decision-making process, its voting members should be focused on advancing the charity’s mission and avoid any influence that may cloud their judgment.

That is why the fourth standard in the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability has recommended limits on the number of voting board members who receive compensation – may it be monetary or nonmonetary, direct or indirect (for purposes of this standard, board member reimbursement for travel expenses to attend board meetings is not considered compensation).

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