Members of boards represent a wide range of reasons to participate. The most effective boards contain volunteers who believe the mission of the organization to be important. They also feel that they can help the organization carry out its mission or its reason to exist. The effective board contains volunteers who believe the mission of the organization to be important and feel that they can help the organization carry out its mission or its reason to exist. The effective board also knows and accepts the roles that they play and how it compliments the role of the executive director (chief staff offer). The effective board also understands its responsibility for communicating the mission of the organization to the community and for bringing community input back to the organization.