Should Volunteer Board Members Undergo Background Checks?

While board members may not have direct repetitive contact with Club members, they are the representatives of the organization.  As our local and national organizations assess the impact of potential media exposure and discovery that a board member has a criminal record, in particular one that might suggest potential harm to a child. In addition to the impact on the general public trust perspective, some funders, particularly governmental funders, are asking whether any of their service providers are governed by people with criminal records, non-profit organizations are required to disclose whether any officer, director, or principal executive has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.

What is your thinking on requiring a formal board member background check, similar to the check that BGCA requires of staff, or would adding a question to an annual conflict of interest disclosure form suffice and/or be more likely to assure compliance?

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