What does KPFA's board do?

It's a question people often ask. Here is a short summary by Adrienne Lauby. It's from two emails email she wrote to candidates of the United for Community Radio slate.


Responsibilities of a board member

by Adrienne Lauby, host of Pushing Limits

Someone reminded me that the KPFA board is only a
committee of the national board. So its responsibilities are limited in one sense.

Here's a list: KPFA budget review & reports, General Manager (screen candidates, evaluate, possibly initiate firing), Program Director (same as general manager list), be part of program evaluation, conduct Town Hall style meetings, assist fundraising, outreach to underrepresented communities, community needs assessments, monitor diversity and non-discrimination, to work with "care, loyalty, diligence and sound business judgment."

While the station board isn't formally in charge of the legal, ethical, moral and financial health of the entire Pacifica network, some of you will end up sitting on the Pacifica National Board. At that point, this will be your job.

I would argue that, in fulfilling all the tasks of the KPFA board and in electing delegates to the national board, this definition of your work remains a good one.

"[A] Board is charged with oversight of the legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities of the organization and its financial health."

Adrienne

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I was doing some reading today looking for theories on radical non-profits. I found this definition and really liked it:

"[A] Board is charged with oversight of the legal, ethical, and moral responsibilities of the organization and its financial health."

So seldom are ethical and moral issues discussed in terms of the boards, yet it is these issues that make or break everything else about an organization. Please tack this on your wall.

You can download the entire 16+ page paper where this definition appeared. srlp.org/files/NPICtransresistance.pdf

Most of the discussion is pretty far from what we have at KPFA but it's great visionary thinking.

Adrienne
unpaid staff, Pushing Limits, KPFA's disability program


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