What do you really care about?
Nonprofit organizations are involved in many cultural and social service activities. What interests you? Check your preferences in your own Board Candidate Profile. If you’re not certain, be open to an interest you’re willing to acquire.
Where do you feel the most comfortable?
Nonprofits (like other organizations) have different management and oversight needs at different stages of their life cycle. What would you like most? For example:
- A grassrootsor start up where you have to roll up your sleeves and do a little of everything?
- A founder-driven group where there is a strong personality at the helm?
- A transitional group, where the organization is adapting to external changes or redefining its mission?
- A more established board?
What role do you want?
- Do you want to be a catalyst?
- Would you prefer implementing change?
- Am you more comfortable as part of a larger, established entity?
What pragmatic requirements do you have?
Can you meet during the day? In the evening? What about weekends?
What do you offer?
Skills: Everyone has them and they are valuable.
Time: Time is the thing nobody has enough of. But somehow, the most successful (and busiest) people are involved with nonprofit boards. It’s worth fitting into your schedule.
Money/resources: Even if you aren’t in a financial position to be a high-impact donor, you may have connections to people who would be very interested in the organization’s mission and work in the community.
What You Gain
Becoming a successful board member takes time and dedication, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Here are some of the benefits to board service:
- Making a difference in the communities where you live, work and play
- Developing competencies needed in your career
- Honing leadership skills
- Networking with other corporate and community leaders
- Expanding world view through new experiences and challenges
- Understanding of corporate citizenship
- Making new friends
Ready to make a difference? View listings for board openings in your area and serve on the board of a cause you care about!