At the heart of any successful organization are its governing documents and core governance policies. These provide the foundation for the association's operational structure. Actions of the board must fit within the prescriptions of the documents.
- Articles of Incorporation – Approved by state government prescribing expectations of the board and corporation.
- Bylaws – Describe expectations of the board set out by the members and stakeholders. • Policies – The wisdom of current and prior boards in identifying and documenting the best course of action (i.e. audits, investments, public records.)
- Strategic Plan – The plan is the long-term roadmap for the association. Board members should review and understand the existing strategic plan.
- Budget – A budget projects the annual income and expenses.