An audit committee member examines an organization's finances.

What do Board Members Need to Know About Audit Committees?

Audits can be a headache for any organization. For banks and other companies in heavily-regulated industries, audits can quickly eat up a disproportionate amount of a board’s time and focus. Chartering a specialized committee can ease the headache of routine audits. So let’s take a closer look at everything your board needs to know about audit committees.

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Board Membership 101: Financial Oversight

Chances are good that if you ask a stranger on the street what a board member’s most important job is, they’re likely to mention finances. Boards have long been seen as the “make it or break it” play callers for corporations that either boom or bust.
Board Membership 101: Financial Oversight

Financial oversight, while closely related to fiduciary duties in general, calls for a board member’s attention to detail and ability to understand the current position of the company’s financial assets. Although every decision a board member makes may not be a financial one, all of their decisions will affect the financial future of the organization they serve.

Providing a company with great financial oversight takes serious effort on the part of board members. Here are some ways that they can excel:

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