Disclose everything expected of directors. Recently I heard a board chair remind directors they are expected to contribute $12,000 to association’s foundation. Some of the directors looked at each other and said, “This is the first time I heard about making a contribution.”
Not all duties are described in governing documents. For example, asking board members to make a financial commitment to the foundation or political action committee. Supplementary responsibilities will include chairing committees, visiting chapters, and signing up sponsors.
Create a guide to board expectations listing the responsibilities beyond what is described in bylaws. In addition let them know what time of a time commitment is expected. Naturally this will differ depending upon the organization, size, board model etc. If directors are not fully engaged, it could be that nobody told them. Disclosing expectations is part of the nominating or on-boarding processes.