Committees

Can a 5 to 9 member Board of Directors do all the work? Yes, BUT...


Committees are a common governance solution to tackle specific work streams in more efficient ways than a Board of Directors might be able to dispatch in a timely fashion. Committees take many forms and, as with many pertinent common interest community topics, your state statutes might dictate the ways that committees can function. The following Committees Governance Structure document is excerpted from Bylaws Words of Wisdom. Remember that your Board often has authority to delegate specific processes, tasks and work streams, but does not have authority to delegate its ultimate responsibility to govern your community.


View an example committee charter at the bottom of this page. Please note the "less is more" charter format that eschews "WHEREAS" and "THEREFORE" for plain language. Committees do not need complicated and/or verbose charters to make them effective. Clear direction and excellent volunteer leadership will help committees shine and provide value added service to your community.

Volunteer Involvement Survey - Q1 2022

Volunteers are the heart and soul of common interest communities. Results from the Volunteer Involvement Survey reveal that 84% of CICs have at least one and as many as 10+ active committees, yet nearly 46% of respondents indicate their CIC does not make effective use of committees.

Committees Governance Structure
EXAMPLE Finance Committee Charter
Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy

Statutory & Governing Documents Hierarchy