Chambers of Commerce board of directors are generally business leaders and partners from the community. Board composition and terms are dictated by the organization’s Articles of Incorporation and/or the Bylaws.
The board of directors are instrumental in the creation and implementation of the chamber’s mission and initiatives.
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Chamber of Commerce boards vary greatly in size and composition. According to governance metrics from ACCE's FY2018 Chamber Operations Survey Report, (via Dynamic Chamber Benchmarking), the average board size of participating chambers is 29 members. Statistics from BoardSource’s 2017 Leading with Intent report show that the average nonprofit board size has decreased slightly over the past 20 years, with the average 2017 board size at 15 individual members and the median board size at 13 members (not including vacant seats).
Board members are legally responsible for ensuring that a chamber is mission driven, financially responsible, and compliant with laws governing their non-profit status. The majority of boards have an executive committee, which acts on behalf of the board between meetings. ACCE's FY2018 Chamber Operations Survey Report data shows that the average executive committee consists of 9 members. Boards often have other committees as well to manage their core governance functions, such as fundraising and financial management.