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3.9 Cost of Governance: UUA Governance Manual

Because poor governance costs more than learning to govern well, the Board will invest in its governance capacity.

Accordingly:

  1. Board skills, methods, and supports will be sufficient to assure governing with excellence.
  2. Outreach mechanisms will be used as needed to ensure the Board’s ability to listen to member congregation viewpoints and values.
  3. Costs will be prudently incurred. The Board will develop its budget to coordinate with the budget cycle each year to assure its inclusion in the overall budget. The Board budget shall include:
     
    1. Board training, including attendance at conferences and workshops.
    2. An annual external financial audit and other third-party monitoring of organizational performance.
    3. Surveys, focus groups, opinion analyses,
    4. Operating and meeting costs of the Board, Board committees, Boardappointed committees, and the elected Committees of the Association.
  4. Only prudently incurred expenses related to volunteer service on behalf of the Board are reimbursable from the Association budget. The Board shall comply with all provisions of the Association’s expense reimbursement policies that are applicable to volunteers who serve on committees. The staff may ask the Moderator to review and approve any reimbursement request from a Board or committee member. The Audit Committee shall designate a committee member to review the Moderator’s expense reimbursements at least twice a year, to ensure that they are in compliance with the Association’s reimbursement policies.
  5. Candidates for President or Moderator who have been duly nominated in accordance with Section 9.5 or Section 9.6 of the bylaws shall be entitled to be reimbursed by the Association for reasonable expenses for registration, travel, meals and lodging for attending the General Assemblies held one year prior to the election and in the year of the election, and for regular meetings of the Board of Trustees held during the period between the two General Assemblies, provided they remain candidates as of the time of the General Assembly(ies) and the quarterly meeting(s) for which they seek reimbursement. Each such candidate shall be provided a single booth space in the Exhibit Hall at the General Assemblies held one year prior to the election and in the year of the election. In no case is a candidate eligible for reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to being nominated.
  6. Candidates for Financial Advisor who have been duly nominated in accordance with Section 9.4 or Section 9.6 of the bylaws shall be entitled to be reimbursed by the Association for reasonable expenses for travel, meals and lodging for attending the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees held in April and June of the year during which the election of a Financial Advisor will be held.

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Last updated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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