As is so often the case, the answer is “yes and no”. Because of our unique structure to assure consumer control (which is required by the Rehabilitation Act as amended), our boards and councils are unique. Not very many non-profit
The board of directors have three primary legal duties known as the “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.” Most states include these duties in the laws governing corporations, including not-for-profit organizations like your CIL or SILC.
A board member or member of a Statewide Independent Living Council should be willing to sign an ethical code of conduct. This document should be part of the board or council member’s orientation and of any annual board or council
We urge you to have a code of ethical conduct to which your staff and board agree. An internet search will provide you with many ideas, but here are some from a Center for Independent Living specific to staff, who