llinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently issued a state-wide mandate to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This short article addresses the mandate’s immediate ramifications for religious organizations, social service providers, and employers.
Nonprofit directors and officers owe the nonprofits they serve a fiduciary duty of due diligence. In the context of COVID-19, this means board members should be as mindful of COVID-19-related matters as they would be for any safety-related issue. The ordinary legal standard for whether board members have satisfied their legal duty is generally known as “business judgment rule:” What would an objectively reasonable person do in a similar situation? As nonprofits grapple with still-emerging challenges, here are key practices and initial recommendations based on the current situation, all of which are important for fulfilling due diligence responsibilities.
Have you been asked to serve on a nonprofit board? If so, what legally related aspects do you need to learn? Or if you have just added a new director to your organization, what do you need to share with them? New directors should be well equipped to serve well on nonprofit boards. Here are key tips to promote organizational vitality, mission advancement, and leadership success.