Even the most organized, responsible, and amiable board needs to document its activities, internal rules, and processes. Some of the documentation is legally required while some is simply helpful to have.

Some documents should be available to the public while others must be kept confidential. Some serve as guidelines for decision making while others are part of the record keeping. For a board that takes its fiduciary role seriously, written rules simply are part of necessary risk management.

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