After I was elected to be the HFSD President, I shared it with friends on Facebook:

Dear friends, some of you might know that I was elected to be the president of HFSD (Humanist Fellowship of San Diego). Two good people have joined the board with me, and all six of us are waiting with a public release until the complex transition is over.

It was not easy for me to accept this honorable responsibility: my experience with non-profits made me skeptical, I was afraid my time could be wasted. I can dedicated only a limited number of hours to the cause and need to do quite a bit of work in the beginning (documentation, website, finance, meetup, etc.)

In general, my position will empathize human potential and common values. I intend to do my best in keeping this organization clearly structured, cooperative but independent, welcoming but with standards, and uniting rather than polarizing.

I welcome all suggestions. However, if someone wishes to discuss a relevant topic with me privately, please explain why first (I am receiving strange complains / requests). I want to create an environment in which we all can rise above our interpersonal problems and do something inspiring together.
- Lena Nechet,
Traditionally, not-for-profit presidents are responsible for everything:
Traditional Duties of a Nonprofit President

Although he is accountable to the board of directors, when it comes to the day-to-day running of the nonprofit company, the president bears the ultimate responsibility. The president is responsible to make sure that the other nonprofit officers (the nonprofit secretary, the nonprofit treasurer, and any vice-presidents) are fulfilling their duties. Other common duties of a nonprofit president include:

Signature authority. The president has the authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the corporation. This includes the ability to sign corporate checks, although other officers may also have this power.

Strategic planning. The president may participate in, or lead, short and long term planning for the organization. This includes developing programs to carry out the goals of the organization, and overseeing the implementation of these programs.

Fund raising. In most nonprofit organizations, the president oversees fund raising operations, and is also the organization’s chief fundraiser. This involves acting as the primary spokesperson for the organization, recruiting donors, and attending fundraising functions.

Edward A. Haman, Esq., January 2016


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