How do you define an “effective board member”? (What makes a board member a good one?)
An effective board member actively contributes their time, treasure, and/or talent.
You have found the non-profit board you want to join – now what?!?
There are still several steps you should take to ensure the right fit for you and for them. Here are five best practices to help you on your way.
Now that you’ve defined your passion (as discussed in Part 1), you need to find the right non-profit organization to volunteer for as a board member.
The many ways
There are many ways to identify potential non-profit organizations that will make good candidates for you to choose from, including:
Since my early days in corporate America working with Fortune 500 firms, I have been involved in the world of non-profit organizations as a volunteer. I’ve been a member and served on numerous committees and boards. My career eventually led me to work for several non-profit organizations. As an employee, I not only worked directly with executive directors and board members, I was also actively engaged in developing boards and recruiting board members.
Is there anyone flying this plane?
In too many cases, a nonprofit board’s approach to leadership turnover is hectic, not well thought out or planned, reactive instead of proactive. Most often, the board is group of passionate, well-meaning volunteers who are now faced with the single most important role they will have: selecting a new leader. How the board navigates the transition will directly impact the future and potential viability of the organization.
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