Foundation Operations: Board Issues-> Board Orientation Manual Contents - GIH Skip Navigation

Foundation Operations: Board Issues-> Board Orientation Manual Contents

What should go into a board orientation manual?

A board manual can be a useful reference tool, particularly as an orientation tool for new board members. The contents of a board manual may vary by foundation. Above all, materials should give board members a comprehensive, yet concise, overview of the foundation and their roles and responsibilities. A comprehensive board manual may include the following materials:

Foundation Information

Board Composition

Policies for Board Members

Board Meetings

  • Meeting minutes
  • Meeting process
  • Consent calendar
  • Role of board in grantmaking procedures

Finance and Investments


The board manual should considered a working document and should be updated annually.

BoardSource offers a useful guide to compiling a board manual.

Review sample contents of a board manual.

Print Print   Share Share   RSS RSS
GIH Connect

Connect with GIH to learn, collaborate, and grow through education, networking, and leadership opportunities.

Sign Up
Sign up for the GIH Bulletin to stay on top of news from the field.

Funding Partner Portal Login
Login to access exclusive Funding Partner resources from GIH.