~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism
are volunteers, too! Look
here for infomation and the latest techniques to develop your
board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work
or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.
month we talked about the six stages in organizational development
and promised to talk individually about the possible strengths and
weaknesses of each of those stages. The following is offered in
the hope that start-up groups can make the most of the qualities
that distinguish them and, at the same time, prevent their strengths
from becoming weaknesses.
based on a decision to do something that matters.
that a group of people can organize to do something about
a specific cause.
to making something happen.
that comes from dedication.
action without thinking things through.
so monothematic about the importance and uniqueness
of the cause that they are overbearing and lose rather than
gain support from family and friends.
the complexity of the issue.
to take risks that the more experienced might not.
they dont know what cant be done, they may do
it and succeed.
to their original idea.
to do adequate research.
to listen to and evaluate advice.
perspective in terms of their relationship to the larger
picture, the constancy of change and other organizations
with which they might collaborate.
on the cause they love.
their cause is the one thing that must happen
in the community.
survey the field to make sure that the need they believe
exists is in fact a genuine need.
is rarely a panacea in any community.
successful non profits were the brainchild of one or two
people with dedication and commitment.
good ideas dont take hold. But its important
to try and try again!
bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: "The Board
Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary", "Leading
Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today" and "Passionate