Can board member see previous minutes?

Dear Dinosaur:  Is a newly voted board member allowed to see the previous 12 months of board minutes?

Answer: A board member has the right to view all the board meeting minutes. This is necessary because a board member is a fiduciary for the organization, in a position of trust. One has the obligation to familiarize oneself with the history and actions of the organization, in order to fulfill that trust.

This guest blog entry by colleague Colette Collier Trohan tells more about the “Duty of Care.”

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