Are You Considering Joining a Board?
Working with nonprofits gives you the opportunity to give back to your community. Some nonprofits may recruit you to serve as a board member for their organization. Volunteering with nonprofits teaches me a lot about service and fuels my passion for giving back.
The Board Leads
From my experience in working with nonprofits, often they discuss their struggles and usually reference external influences as their greatest challenge. As I dive deeper into their organization and talk to key personnel, I see a pattern that shows that most of the organization’s problems are rooted in internal processes.
The board is the ‘boss’, it provides leadership and holds the organization accountable for their actions. The struggle to guide passionate, effective board members is a real struggle. Developing strong board service is crucial to improving the overall organization. As I began to understand how board development influenced the organization, I made a decision only to serve on boards where I can fully devote my time and attention to improving the overall function of the organization. Agreeing to be on five boards simultaneously and not being able to be effective on one is pointless. That’s why I only serve on one or two boards at a time, depending on the health, effectiveness and demands of the boards. When you consider serving on a board, perform your due diligence and ask a few questions before you take on that responsibility and decide to serve as a board member.
Key Questions to Ask
What is the Board Member history?
Who is the President and/or Executive Director?
What is the Fundraising Plan?
Who is your target audience?
Do you have Bylaws in Place?
Does the Nonprofit have an attorney and accountant on retainer?
Do you have an Advisory Board?
What is the annual expected giving amount of board members?
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