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Nonprofit corporations, Standard of conduct for board members
MN statute, Nonprofits, standard of conduct (for board member)

 317A.251 Standard of conduct.

    Subdivision 1.    Standard; liability.  A director shall discharge the duties of the position of director in good faith, in a manner the director reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation, and with the care an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would exercise under similar circumstances.  A person who so performs those duties is not  liable by reason of being or having been a director of the  corporation.  

    Subd. 2.    Reliance.  (a) A director is entitled to  rely on information, opinions, reports, or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, in each case prepared or presented by:  

    (1) one or more officers or employees of the corporation whom the director reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the matters presented;

    (2) counsel, public accountants, or other persons as to matters that the director reasonably believes are within the person's professional or expert competence; or

    (3) a committee of the board upon which the director does not serve, duly established under section 317A.241, as to  matters within its designated authority, if the director  reasonably believes the committee to merit confidence.  

    (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a director who has actual knowledge concerning the matter in question that makes the reliance otherwise permitted by paragraph (a) unwarranted.  

    Subd. 3.    Presumption of assent; dissent.  A director who is present at a meeting of the board when an action is approved by the board is presumed to have assented to the action approved, unless the director:  

    (1) objects at the beginning of the meeting to the transaction of business because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened and does not participate in the meeting, in which case the director is not considered to be present at the meeting for purposes of this chapter;

    (2) votes against the action at the meeting; or

    (3) is prohibited from voting on the action by the articles  or bylaws or as a result of a decision to approve, ratify, or authorize a transaction pursuant to section 317A.255 or a conflict of interest policy adopted by the board.  

    Subd. 4.    Not considered trustee.  A director, regardless of how identified, is not considered to be a trustee with respect to the corporation or with respect to property held or administered by the corporation, including without limit,  property that may be subject to restrictions imposed by the donor or transferor of the property.

    HIST: 1989 c 304 s 44; 1990 c 488 s 20; 1992 c 503 s 5
Copyright 2004 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.