Looking to Serve on a Nonprofit Board? 6 Things to Do First
Are you considering joining a nonprofit board? Does your day job leave you feeling like you want to give back in another way? If so, lending your professional expertise to a charitable organization could be a great step to take, but there are also a few things you should think about first.
Do these 6 things BEFORE you decide to join a nonprofit board:
- Assess your motivations.
Why do you want to be on the board? Make sure you’re comfortable with the answer to that question.
- Get clarity on expectations.
Once you’re in touch with an organization, find out what is expected of you — both from a financial perspective as well as a time perspective.
- See what’s out there.
Whether through your own network or through sites like charitySTRONG, there are scores of nonprofit organizations that are looking for quality board members.
- Know your board member duties and responsibilities.
Review this list from the National Council of Nonprofits. (Hint: A conflict of interest policy is required by law.)
- Reflect on what causes you’re most passionate about.
Your service will be that much more rewarding if you’re able to tap into something you strongly believe in.
- Do your research!
Request information such as an organization’s most recent strategic plan – within this document you should also familiarize yourself with its mission, vision and values.
Volunteering as a nonprofit board member is a great way to give back to your community — and when you find an organization that is a great fit for you, it can be both fun and rewarding.
Has your organization recently recruited new board members? Please comment below to share best practices!